Beneath the Surface
Parashat Naso

Dena Weiss

There is a mystifying story told in Massekhet Sukkah which references the Sotah ritual—the supernatural trial of a woman suspected of adultery.  In the story, King David’s workers are beginning to dig the foundations of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple).  A significant structure requires deep foundations, and they dig so far that they touch upon underground aquifers.  The waters of the deep, surprised by this disturbance and eager to spread, surge to the surface and threaten to submerge the earth.  At this point, David has a plan to get the waters to recede, but he is unsure if his plan will anger God:

 
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