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BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER


At some point or another you may have used this familiar phrase - Blood is thicker than water. The context in which we use it is to describe the meaning that blood-related families are more important than anyone else. R. Richard Pustelniak, congregational leader for the Jewish community called House of Living Stones writes about this phrase.


"This phrase has completely lost its original, covenant-related, meaning...The original meaning is, 'The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb' or, 'My relationship with those to whom I am joined in covenant is to be considered of more value than the relationship with a brother with whom I may have shared the womb.'"

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