Saturday, April 14, 2007

Mikva discovered in Germany


Archaeologists working in the city of Erfurt in the state of Thuringen have discovered a Jewish ritual bath or "Mikva." Historical documents indicate that the mikwa at the Kramerbrucke, or Merchant's Bridge, was already in existence by 1250 CE. Relying upon these documents, however, archaeologists had previously searched and failed to locate the mikwa. Mikwas must make use of a natural water source and are used for ritual immersion to prepare the heart and mind for prayer.

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2 Comments:

At 1:42 PM , Blogger Box 1715 said...

Hi Don. Archaeology is alway's such an intriguing topic, don't you think?. Interesting post. Thanks.

 
At 2:55 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

Indeed. I actually first heard about mikvas from archaeologists in New York City. I do not believe they are as common now as they were formerly.

 

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