On Sukkot, we celebrate water through the Simchat Beit Hashoeva (Celebration of the Water Drawing Ceremony) and we continue recognizing the value of water through tefilat geshem, the beginning of our prayers for rain. Our rabbis and ancestors understood that water is essential for life. Each year, Canfei Nesharim encourages communities to focus on appreciating water on Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret.
Torah Study Materials
Lesson Plans and Activities
|True Joy Through Water
An examination of the importance of water in our rituals, both historical and current, and our tefillot (prayers)Water: Appreciating a Limited Resource
Water and rain are deeply tied to the holidays of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret. Sukkot is thus an important time to appreciate and protect our water resources.
Water: A Sukkos Drash
Rain as a Blessing in Our Prayers and Actions(PDF)
A Shiur on the Simchas Beis Hashoeva
|For children and schools
Mayim B’Sason: Sukkot & the Gift of Water
How Many Logim? Torah, Math and the Environment
Create Artful Sukkah Decorations
Make your Own Water Conservation Signs!
|Source Sheets for Group and
Individual StudyTrue Joy Through Water: Study and Discussion GuidePrintable PDF with Hebrew sources, English translations, and discussion questions. Great for chevruta study and shiurim!
Rain as a Blessing Source Sheet
Colorful, printable PDF associated with Rain as a Blessing Shiur for Shemini Atzeret.
Colorful, printable PDF associated with Mayim Chaim Shiur about the Simchat Beit Hashoeva.
|For adults and communities
Text Study on Netilat Yadayim
True Joy for your Simchas Beis Hashoeva
Fact Sheets and Materials for Order
The Value of Water Fact Sheet
Shemini Atzeret Drash/Bottled Water Fact Sheet
Science and Environmental Actions
Where Does Your Water Come from?
Eco-Tips: How YOU can Save Water
Water Do’s and Don’ts Around the House