Rabbis: Avoid Gharqad Wood In Lag BaOmer Bonfires – satire

Jerusalem, May 6 – In advance of the minor festival of Lag BaOmer that begins Wednesday night, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate issued a warning not to use the wood of the gharqad bush in the customary bonfires, as the gharqad is needed to protect Jews from righteous Muslims…

…Muslim tradition foretells that at the end of days, when Muslims finally rise up to eliminate the Jews, the latter will hide behind trees and bushes. All but the gharqad will call out to the Muslim pursuers that Jews are hiding behind them, because the gharqad “is the tree of the Jews.” To ensure that such plants remain to hide behind when the time comes, the Rabbinate issued the customary annual instructions that include avoiding the burning of gharqad wood…

3-starrA gharqad tree.