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Published on Oct 14, 2010
This water procession is connected to the dawn procession of the Cohenim (priests), who would walk down to the base of Jerusalem and scoop up water from the Pool of Shiloach that was fed by the Gihon Spring outside the city. They carried it to the Temple and poured it on the altar as an offering. It flowed back down through the earth to the aquifers. Our "altar" is the earth, so we pour our water to nourish plants.
The procession was part of a larger Sukkot event that included a talk on water issues in Israel by our Israel Center Shaliach, Guy Gelbart, and the Psalms of Ascent led by a variety of people and groups, Jewish and from other faiths. There was a story and craft time for young children, and water harvesting and conservation resources to help people make practical changes based on their sacred connection with water.
The melody for the Kosi R'vaya chant is by Rabbi Shefa Gold. www.rabbishefagold.com
The event was sponsored by the Southern Arizona Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (SAZ COEJL) in collaboration with the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Jewish Community Relations Council, Coalition for Jewish Education, PJ Library™, Israel Center, Jewish Arts Alliance, and Deborah Mayaan Israel Festival Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
Videotaping by Susan Silverman.
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