During Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, Jewish priests (kohenim) and Levites wearing white robes drew water from the Pool of Siloam in order to perform the traditional “Pouring of the Water” (Nissuch HaMayim). Rabbi Israel Ariel led the biblical ceremony, according to which water is drawn in silver vessels from the pool on the eastern slope below the Western Wall, and is then poured out on an altar especially erected for this purpose. The ceremony that accompanies this water sacrifice is called Simchat Beit HaShoeva, rejoicing at the place of the drawing of water. This water is called, according to Isaiah 12:3, Water of Salvation: “You will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.” The kings of the House of David were anointed at this source.
Jesus was also familiar with this water-drawing ceremony (John 7:37). “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood...
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