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Does the restriction on cutting down fruit trees apply generally outside of Israel? For some reason I thought it was only:
1. Within Israel
2. When conquering land of an enemy (outside of Israel, but an extraordinary case).

Was I mistaken?

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You are remembering the context of the original pasuk mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0520.htm#19 but I believe the law is generalized. –  Double AA Jul 30 '12 at 18:54

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http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/961313/jewish/Cutting-Down-Fruit-Trees.htm

http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5763/shavous.html

It applies all over.

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The second article talks about the holiday of "Shevuos" :-) –  Double AA Jul 30 '12 at 21:50

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