Miriam's Well

Legends concerning Miriam often involve a magical well which sprang up and followed her wherever she went. Some  stories based upon these legends even say that she was a water witch, gifted with locating actual water where there seemed to be none: a very useful skill in the desert, yes?

Other commentaries say that she was a source of  spiritual inspiration, as necessary to this wandering people as water. She was a prophet of equal standing* with her two brothers; in fact, Moses owes his very life to her for she was the one who got his parents back together, she was the one who stood by the river (water again:) to see what would become of him, and she was the one who found a midwife (their own mother) to nurse him. She was also the one who had the vision to have the women pack their timbrels in order to celebrate their redemption at the shores of the Red/Reed Sea.

Miriam impressed me so much that I chose to make a tambourine/well shaped headdress in her honor!

*Equal standing in the daily lives of the people: if they did not have sustenance, both spiritual and tangible ( in this case, potable), they would not have survived to receive the Torah at Mt. Sinai, even let alone throughout the forty years in the desert until a new generation had come of age .

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