On March 22, 2016, the world is going to celebrate “World Water Day”. It was first observed in 1993, after the United Nations General Assembly Declaration. After a prolonged draught, California finally got its share of rain. But even this might not be enough. On January 13th, the San Francisco Chronicle reported: “How much El Nino rain needed to end drought?” While California has had a drought, some other parts of the United States and other parts of the world have had flooding issues. It seems that in spite of all the progress humans accomplished, we cannot control how much water will fall on us from above. Water is one of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, which is mentioned in the Torah at the beginning of the creation of our world “and the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the water” (Genesis 1:2).
On December 14, 2015, water.usgs.gov reported, “About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture, and aquifers and even in you and your dog.” The amount of water on Earth did not change from the day of creation. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, #158, the human brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even bones are watery 31%.”
The Torah shows how nature and man are interconnected: “Now all the trees of the field were not yet on the earth and the herb of the field had not yet sprouted, for Hashem God had not sent rain upon the earth and there was no man to work the soil” (Genesis 2:5). After man was created, ”Hashem God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to work it and to guard it” (Genesis 2:15). And since some of us are complacent, only when we lack something are we are reminded that our task is to keep the garden (ourselves, family, city, state, country, world) blooming and giving fruits, and we need to work it and to guard it. And yes, we need water. You can learn how to save water in the book “Beat the Drought: Water Savings Tips and Techniques” by Kyle Tsukamoto. You can get it for free on Kindle. Enjoy and Share.