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Living waters

Pinhas Y.

In the Jewish tradition water plays an important role and is replete with references to its life giving and life sustaining function. The opening chapter in the book of Genesis (the creation story) pictures water as a primeval substance from which heaven and earth were created. In the patriarchal age, not only wells are a source of contention, but also the place where Isaac and Jacob found their brides. The Moses' stories are incomplete without their connection to water. The Rabbis taught by quoting Biblical texts that living Torah compared to living water. They saw water as both lifegiving on one hand and destructive on the other hand. For the Jewish mystics water represented the duality of the masculine and feminine principles.



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Pinhas Y. Living waters. In : Hamdy A. (ed.), Monti R. (ed.). Food security under water scarcity in the Middle East: Problems and solutions. Bari : CIHEAM, 2005. p. 141-146. (Options Méditerranéennes : Série A. Séminaires Méditerranéens; n. 65). LNCV [Landau Network-Centro Volta] International Forum: Food Security under Water Scarcity in the Middle East: Problems and Solutions, 24-27 Nov 2004, Como (Italy). http://om.ciheam.org/om/pdf/a65/05002206.pdf