George Washington and the Fig


I was reading about the Fig and the Fig tree and the Fig leafs and the important association thereof in Biblical history & American History. After the research, what I found was really cool. This is an excerpt from George Washington and his letter to the Hebrew people in a Synagogue in Rhode Island in 1790:

In 1790, the synagogue’s warden, Moses Seixas, wrote to George Washington, expressing his support for Washington’s administration and good wishes for him. Washington sent a letter in response, which read in part:
…the Government of the United States…gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance…May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.”
—Letter of George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island

The term “under his own vine and fig tree” refer to peace and prosperity.

The biblical quote “each man under his own vine and fig tree” (1 Kings 4:25) has been used to denote peace and prosperity. It was commonly quoted to refer to the life that would be led by settlers in the American West.

Also important was the equality of all Americans, regardless of their faith, to which Washington was poignant.

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