Wisdom against waste
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Whoever destroys anything that could be useful to others breaks the law of bal tashchit, â€œDo not waste.â€ – Babylonian Talmud, Kodashim 32a (second or third century), quoted in â€˜Teachings on Creation through the Agesâ€™, edited by J. Matthew Sleeth M.D., in The Green Bible (2008) San Francisco: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-162799-6.
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