In the merit of Miriam, a thirst-quenching well accompanied the Jewish people throughout their journeys in the wilderness.

Miriam’s association with the waters of the well can perhaps be understood by exploring the spiritual significance of water.

Water is tasteless, scentless and colorless. But it is also the basic requisite of life. On a spiritual level, water represents the unadorned, yet fundamental and crucial, acceptance of G‑d’s will.

Within the deep bitterness of the Egyptian exile, Miriam intuitively understood the simple truth—that our relationship with G‑d is not dependent on our circumstances, personal likes or logical comprehension. The message of Miriam’s life, as reflected in the miraculous well, contains an eternal message.

Our relationship with G‑d is not only for the good times in our lives, when we discern personal gain, growth or gratification.

Our connection to G‑d can surface even in the depths of the Egyptian exile, in the depths of our personal darkness and incomprehension.

Because, as basic and crucial as water for our survival, this too is a relationship that touches the very core of our being—the very essence of who and what we are.

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