Miriam, the prophetess and sister of Moses and Aaron, is celebrating the liberation of her people from their Egyptian oppressors: Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously” (Exodus 15:21). The other women join in by dancing around her, thus expressing their solidarity and love towards each other and the community.
Water is of course a predominant element in this theme; it is also meant to remind us of the physical hardship facing the women in India as the often have to walk many miles for a pot of water.
The example of Miriam should challenge her sisters today to fully use their abilities and realise their potential.
From the Leigh Russell Memorial Panel