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"For Man is as a Tree in a Field"

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  1. The community compared with the forest
  2. Capacity for survival versus tendency to extinction
  3. Type of Environment
  4. Relationship with the external environment
  5. Legislation
  6. Individual level

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WORKSHEET #1 The community compared with the forest

Characteristics of the Forest Characteristics of the community
Natural or planted forest Who established the community? When? Why? How?
Diverse or homogeneous forest Is the community homogeneous or diverse?
Type of trees How is the heterogeneity of the community expressed?
Size of the trees Are its members from the same class?
Age of the trees Are its members old, young, a mixture?
Robustness versus flexibility To what degree are the community members assimilated?
Bending in the wind as opposed to protection from the wind How are the members of the community influenced by the atmosphere around them?
Structure of the tree
Roots What are the community's roots? Are they deep or superficial?
Leafy or bare Do the members of the community influence community life? Do they influence what happens outside the community? Give examples? Do the members of the community have many occupations? What are they?




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WORKSHEET #2 Capacity for survival versus tendency to extinction

Characteristics of the Forest Characteristics of the community
Is the forest impressive or pitiful? What impression do the members of the community make to the outside world?
Does the forest renew itself or is it static? What dynamic elements are there in the community?
Compatibility or incompatibility with the seasons of the year How do the members of the community adapt themselves to changes in the surrounding society/in the regime?
Equilibrium of the forest vs. mutual destruction Balance of the community Is the community balanced? What are its balancing mechanisms? Do factors of mutual destruction exist in the community? Name them?
Aging as against new growth Is the community aging? Are there new foundations in the community? Name them?

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WORKSHEET #3. Type of Environment

Characteristics of the Forest Characteristics of the community
Wilderness or dense forests? Urban or rural?
Dynamic or static? Dynamic or static?
Warm or cold? Are the people in the environment warm or cold?
Dry or wet environment?
Diverse or homogenous environment? Diverse or homogenous environment?
Contribution of the forest to the environment Contribution of the community to the environment
Fruit trees versus fruitless trees What do the occupations of community members contribute to the environment?
Can people picnic here? On what occasions do members from outside visit the community? Are there joint events in the community?
Are the following products used?
Pencils
Musical instruments
Sheets of paper
Homes (sanctuary)
How is the community members' contribution to the environment felt? What is general cultural level? Is the level of education rising? What is contribution of members of the liberal professions? What menial labor is done by Jewish workers?
A hiding place Does the community serve as an escape for abnormal members of the environment?
Forest cycles Community cycles

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WORKSHEET #4 Relationship with the external environment

Characteristics of the Forest Characteristics of the community
Relationship between the forest and the environment and vice versa Relationship between the community and the environment and vice versa
Dependent on environment OR cut off? On what does the community depend in the surrounding society?
Contributes to the environment OR detracts from it? How does the community contribute to its environment, its country?
Receives a contribution from its environment OR is harmed by it What contribution does the community receive from its environment or how is it harmed?
Preserved & fostered OR attacked & threatened How does the country protect the community?
Diseases & parasites vs. fertilizers
Attacked by animals OR profits from their activity
Does Anti-Semitism exist? How does it manifest itself? is the Jewish community held in esteem? How does this manifest itself?
Basic needs are provided/lacking Which of the community's needs are supplied by the environment? Which of the community needs are not supplied?
Has become acclimatized or remains alien corn Is the community alien corn in non- Jewish society? What evidence is there of the processes of adaptation to the environment?
Is there a desire to adapt to the environment?
Exclusive in the environment or identical with the environment How does the community differ from its environment?



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WORKSHEET #5 Legislation

Characteristics of the Forest Characteristics of the community
Legal Attitude to Forest versus Normative Attitude Legal Attitude to Community versus Normative
Does legislation exist to protect the community? What legislation? Are these laws observed by the environment? Does the normative relationship match the spirit of the law? If not, how does it deviate from the law? What came first: the legislation or the norm?



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WORKSHEET #6 Individual level

Characteristics of the Forest Characteristics of the community
Tree in the forest Individual in the community
Structure
1. Roots What are a Jewish person's roots?
Are they deep or superficial?
From what are they nourished?
2. Trunk Is the trunk sturdy/flexible/fragile? Is the trunk low, high, broad, thin? What is the Jew's trunk?
On what does it lean? On whom does she/he rely?
3. Branches Who are the branches of the Jew in the community?
To whom do they give shade?
Are there periods in which they are bare?
4. Leaves What are Man's leaves?
5. Flowers and fruit What are his flowers and fruit?
In what period does Man flourish and when does he bear fruit?


 

 

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