web analytics
March 29, 2015 / 9 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


The Taste Of Water

Michelson-041312

“May I please have the water?” my older sister asked from across the table.

I passed the heavy container of Poland Spring water across the table to her.

Honestly, though, I could never understand why she likes water so much. Water has no sugar, no taste and no color. No wonder water can (sometimes!) be obtained for free!

To me water was always something you drank during the summer when you had to because you were about to dehydrate. But both my sister and my father drink enough water  to actually develop a taste and a preference for different brands. To them, each brand of water is different from all others. To me, tap water mixed with syrup is just fine.

This summer my indifference to water was challenged as I spent 3 ½ weeks in the Holy Land. There, the only thing anyone ever drinks is water. The way I saw it, there were 3 choices: Mei Eden, Ein Gedi, and traditional tap water. And if you were camping out up north, spring water from the sink became an option as well. I suppose that water backpacks are synonymous with Israel for a reason.

I was warned not to drink Israeli tap water. They told me it would be hard on my American stomach. I defied orders, though, and drank it with Petel syrup. That was during lunchtime. But mostly, I stuck to Mei Eden water, since that was what I saw in every store I shopped. I drank it on tiyullim or whenever I was outside and really thirsty, which was quite often.

On one tiyul my tour group took, we went up north and stayed overnight at a pleasant, cozy lodging. The word went around, “Fill your water bottles up from the sink; the water comes straight from the well!” I wasn’t really sure what that was supposed to mean, but it sounded like something I didn’t want to miss. If I remember correctly, I actually took their word for it and listened.

On another Sunday, we planned a trip to Ein Gedi, a trip which required an unusual amount of water in order to sufficiently hydrate our systems. In honor of this tiyul I purchased a 2 liter bottle of Ein Gedi water –

And what do you know? I tasted a difference! Ein Gedi water was actually different from Mei Eden water!

A few weeks later, upon my return to the USA, I stuck my cup under the faucet for a cool drink of water. I spat it out and discarded the cup. The water was unpalatable!

At that moment, it occurred to me: in order to develop a taste for something you’ve got to expose yourself to it. You’re not going to know the difference between one water and the next if you don’t know water. I mean, really, who ever heard of making a fuss over colorless, tasteless liquid? Who cares which colorless, tasteless fluid you buy?

Until you’ve gotten down on your hands and knees for an intense analysis, careful observation is looked down upon as senseless and boring. The difference between one halachic opinion and the next is a matter of obsession to one who doesn’t know. As long as there are Hebrew words on the package, it’s Kosher. To read the label too?! It’s all the same!

People with whom you aren’t really acquainted are easily categorized into community and type. Oh, them? – when you don’t know them, they’re all the same!

Scrutiny is an advanced level; you’ve got to have a Ph.D if you want to dissect. It’s the general picture that comes first; “nuances” come later.

So, beginning with step 1…It’s as simple as ABC!

Acquire Basic Comprehension…because if you don’t know it, you can’t love it!

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Taste Of Water”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
obamatargetiran-275x167
Iranian Journalist Defects, Says US Team Speaking for Iran
Latest Sections Stories
Neuman-Rabbi-M-Gary

Are we allowed to lie for shalom bayis? It would seem so, but what might be a healthy guideline for when it’s okay and when it’s not?

book-To-Fill-The-Sky-With-Stars

The connection between what I experienced as a high school teenager and the adult I am today did not come easy to me.

Respler-032715

Isn’t therapy about being yourself; aren’t there different ways for people to communicate with each other?

South-Florida-logo

Jack was awarded a blue and gold first-place trophy, appropriately topped off with a golden bee.

Participating in ManiCures during the school day may feel like a break from learning, but the intended message to the students was loud and clear. Learning and chesed come in all forms, and can be fun.

Building campaign chairman Jack Gluck has led the effort over many years.

When using an extension cord always make sure to use the correct rated extension cord.

There was no question that when Mrs. Cohen entered the room to meet the teacher she was hostile from the outset.

Szold was among the founders and leaders (she served on its executive committee) of Ichud (“Unity”), a political group that campaigned against the creation of an independent, sovereign Jewish state in Eretz Yisrael.

My friend is a strong and capable Jewish woman, but she acted with a passivity that seemed out of character.

“If you don’t stand straight, you’ll never get a husband.”

First, sit down with your helpers and a pen and paper and break the jobs down into small parts.

More Articles from Esther Michelson
Michelson-041312

“May I please have the water?” my older sister asked from across the table.

I passed the heavy container of Poland Spring water across the table to her.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/teens-twenties/the-taste-of-water/2012/04/16/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: