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Today: God's  Living, Cleansing Water
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   On today's site:
  • Jesus and the woman at the well (John 4)
  • With joy you will draw water (Isaiah 12)
  • I will sprinkle pure water upon you (Ezekiel 36)
  • Cleansing the soul (The Rebbe Schneerson)
And The Last Word goes to Zhuangzi
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And now, the Last Word:
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There came a woman of Samar'ia to draw water.
Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his
disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that
you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of
Samar'ia?" For Jews have no dealings with
Samaritans. Jesus answered her, "If you knew the
gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you,
'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and
he would have given you living water."  The woman
said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with,
and the well is deep; where do you get that living
water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who
gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his
sons, and his cattle?" Jesus said to her, "Every
one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but
whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will
become in him a spring of water welling up to
eternal life."

John 4: 7-14
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
With joy you will draw water at the fountain of
salvation, and say on that day:
Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.

Isaiah 12: 3
New American Bible
I will take you from (among) the nations and
gather you from all the lands, and I will bring you
to your own soil. Then I will sprinkle pure water
upon you, that you may become cleansed; I will
cleanse you from all your contamination and from
all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a
new spirit within you; I will remove the heart of
stone from your flesh and give you a heart of
flesh. I will put My spirit within you, and I will make
it so that you will follow My decrees and guard my
ordinances and fulfill them. You will dwell in the
land that I gave to your forefathers; you will be a
people to Me, and I will be a God to you.

Ezekiel 36: 24--28
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
                                                                               ...Clothes and linen, before we put them on, are clean and
                                                           smoothly pressed -- everything in its proper place. But after
                                                           wearing them for a while they become creased, dusty or
                                                           stained. Nevertheless, one need not discard these clothes;            
                                                           instead, one gives them in to a laundry or a cleaner's. The
laundryman puts them in a tub or machine that has a warm or hot temperature, with hot water, chemicals
or soap that serve to remove the dirt and stains. He then presses it by applying a heavy weight or pressure.
The garment can now be worn again.

So it is with the Jewish soul. When the Almighty gives the Jew -- man or woman alike --  his or her soul, it
is clean and pressed and fitted individually to him or her. As we say every day in the morning prayers: "The
soul that You have placed within me is pure."

In time, however, as it is used for worldly matter, the soul becomes creased -- creased through its use for
things that are not the will of G-d. The soul may also become soiled or stained when one neglects, G-d
forbid, to do an obligatory mitzvah or one transgresses, G-d forbid, on a divine prohibition...

...One must immerse it in a warm temperature -- that is, warm it with the warmth of the Torah and
mitzvot,
* so that it should "stew" in them and be vitalized by them. This warmth must a moist warmth, so
that the soul should have a moist adherence to all things holy; this is achieved by heartfelt prayer, of which
it is said "Pour out your heart like water," and with heartfelt Torah study, of which it is said, "Ho, all who
thirst, come to water" -- water being Torah.

One should also mix in other things: the giving of charity, the observance of kashrut and other mitzvot,
thereby restoring the soul to its spotless purity. And if one adds to the "weight" and "pressure" of Torah --
a weight and pressure that may seem, at first, to be a burden -- this not only does not bother the garment,
on the contrary, it presses it smooth and sets each thing in its place, restoring it to its proper form and
shine...

From a letter written by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
The seventh spiritual leader of the Chabad/Lubavitch branch of  Chassidic Judaism
Courtesy of
Chabad.org
*Notes from the Editor:
The
Torah is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.
A
mitzvah is one of the 613 commandments given to Jews in the
Torah. It also may refer to an act of human kindness, since Jewish
morality is based on the Torah.
Mitzvot is the plural form of mitzvah.
Kashrut refers to keeping kosher, or following the dietary laws.
The Rebbe
All the fish needs is to get lost in the water.
All humankind needs is to get lost in the Dao.

Zhuangzi (c. 360 - c. 275 BC)
Famous Chinese philosopher