Aren't the branches the factions of a tree? And how could a tree live without branches? Only a palm-tree (Tamar) raises without making any branches but on its top. If the palm-tree reminds us of beaches and coconuts, spiritually it symbolises a Judaism confined on itself, preventing the branches from getting out. But, at the end, the branches come out anyway.
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