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Miriam's Cups & Goblets
Miriam , the prophet, took timbrels in her hand and led the women down to the sea. There they danced and sang Shiru Ladonai" a song of thanks for this day of liberation .
Miriam was Moses sister. She was a charismatic leader. Her element was water. It was she who floated Moses in a basket in the river where Pharaohs daughter found him.
Later, when the Israelites were wondering in the desert, she always seemed to have access to the waters from the living well that God created at the beginning of time. Until her death , the Israelites were never thirsty.
And so we celebrate Miriam with a goblet of water- the purest we can find.
Here is a ritual you may wish to incorporate into your Passover Seder. Give everyone a cup half full of spring water. and fill the Miriams cup half full of the same. Say, These waters are healing waters from Miriams well, the well of living waters. If you are in need of healing , take some from the Miriams cup and put it into your cup. If you have healing to give, pour some of your water into the Miriams cup.
Pass the Miriams cup around so this sharing of water can happen. Dont be surprised if folks both give and take water. After everyone has shared you may all drink your water.