• Rachel Shifra Tal

The power of fences


Fences and Judaism: Protecting that which is precious


I was watching a fence get put up recently.

It got me thinking,

What does the Torah say about fences?


"And you shall guard My observances." (Leviticus 18:30)


The Sages (Talmud - Yevamot 21a) derive from this verse the need to make fences around the Torah.


The Torah itself is one of our most guarded and precious treasures. The Torah is encased in a cover, placed in the Aron and covered by a door and a curtain. Not only that, but we treat our Torah wit