The element of water is prominent in TANAKH through the character of Miriam. Miriam, or "bitter/salt waters", acts as the sustaining matrix of the embryonic peoples to be delivered from Mitzryaim/the narrow place. An early scene in her story has her guard and help the child Moses on his journey down the river to be drawn out by his adoptive mother. Miriam is the birth waters that nurture new life, the blood that is our life, the sex fluids of joy and new life, and the oceans from which all life has evolved.
Jewish feminists are continuing to add to our cultural wisdom by finding and reviving intimations of the pre-patriarchal feminine divine in our sacred texts. In showing how Miriam points to ancient and continuing reverence for the elemental healing power in salt waters, we can see how the feminine divine has remained within the texts we use today. As we move toward a post-patriarchal world, we are able to utilize the vernacular of the contemporary Jewish community while building a current vocabulary for reverence of the feminine divine, re-vitalizing the feminine in our contemporary practice: re-weaving ideas of the feminine divine into Jewish culture for future generations.