Bereishit 1 goes into detail on when and how Hashem created various things in creation. One thing I notice though is that there is no specific detail on how or when water was created. It just sort of "shows up" after G-d creats the heavens and the earth and is never explained.

:בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ: וְהָאָ֗רֶץ הָֽיְתָ֥ה תֹ֨הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ וְח֖שֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י תְה֑וֹם וְר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים מְרַחֶ֖פֶת עַל־פְּנֵ֥י הַמָּֽיִם

In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness covered the surface of the deep, and the spirit of G-d was hovering over the face of the water.

Where did the water come from?

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    I see a problem with your first statement "Bereishit 1 goes into detail on when and how Hashem created various things in creation". I think we should not take Bereyshis as a description of the process, but a very general framework.
    – Al Berko
    Jan 22, 2018 at 16:42
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    Some say שמים of the first verse include מים.
    – Al Berko
    Jan 22, 2018 at 16:43
  • related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/78616/603
    – Menachem
    Jan 22, 2018 at 18:58

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Pirkê D'Rabbi Eliezer (ch. 3) states that water was created on the first day:

שמונה דברים נבראו ביום ראשון, ואלו הן: .... ורוח ומים, שנאמר ורוח אלהים מרחפת על פני המים


Eight things were created on the first day, namely... wind (spirit) and water, as it said, "And the wind of God was moving upon the surface of the waters".


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