Sukkot: The Festival of water

While it may contribute little, nutritionally speaking, water (not flour) is in fact bread’s magic ingredient. Without it there would be no bread, just an inedible, not cohesive mix of dried powders.

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September 20, 2018 12:43
Simhat Beit Hashoeva in Yitzhar

Simhat Beit Hashoeva in Yitzhar. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Sukkot is undisputedly the Festival of Water. During the week’s festivities we resume the supplication for rain in our daily prayers, we celebrate the Rejoicing of the Water Drawing House (Simhat Bet Hashoeva) and we wave the Four Species, entreating the Almighty to grant us favorable winds, plentiful rain and dew.

Most people make a distinction between bread and water. They are both essentials for life. We can survive without bread or food for weeks on end, but only for a couple of days without water. With all the attention being focused recently on the flour component of bread (wheat, spelt, GMO, gluten, etc.), most people tend to overlook the fact that a major portion of bread (40% or more) is actually water.

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