Burning Bush – Bush of God at St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai Egypt

Environment and Society

By Liliana Usvat


The burning bush is an object described by the Book of Exodus as being located on Mount Horeb; according to the narrative, the bush was on fire, but was not consumed by the flames, hence the name. In the narrative, the burning bush is the location at which Moses was appointed by Yahweh (God) to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into Canaan.


The bush is considered to be situated at St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, which monastic tradition identifies as being the burning bush.

Christian hermits originally gathered at Mount Serbal, believing it to be the biblical Mount Sinai.

However, in the 4th century, under the Byzantine Empire, the monastery built there was abandoned in favour of the newer belief that Mount Saint Catherine was the Biblical Mount Sinai; a new monastery – St. Catherine’s Monastery was built at its foot, and the alleged site of…

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Planting Fruit Trees on the Side Roads of the Cities

Environment and Society


By Liliana Usvat

There are cities and towns  in Banat Romania that plant fruit trees close to the roads, on public property.

There are plum trees, cherry trees, walnuts trees.

These trees are used to protect the road with the shade that they provide, stabilize the soil, purify the air and provide fruits for the communities.


These trees are not planted only close to the roads but also close to the railways.

The municipalities also use this trees as a source of income. In the fall they bid the trees to the citizens of the town or city and the fruits are collected while the town/ city collect a fee for the transaction.


I believe this is another good way of utilizing public property for a reason to plant trees that are also useful to the citizens and the owners of the land can make an income from keeping the…

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