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The Properties of Water

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The Properties of Water

When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, wine was poured on the altar daily, but on the festival of Sukkos there was an additional water libation after the morning service. The seven nights of Sukkos were spent celebrating the drawing of this water, which was collected daily at daybreak from a valley below the Temple. Water may lack all the sophistication of wine, but it is for this reason that our sages associate it with Torah, unity and joy.
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, Sukkot, Water Drawing Celebrations, Lubavitcher Rebbe

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