House of Miqwa'ot

House of Miqwa'ot (HM2LRV)

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N 32° 49.572', W 35° 30.827'

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The Jewish communities of Israel in the Second Temple period used unique water installations called miqwa'ot, which enabled them to maintain ritual purity. According to the Halakhah (Jewish law), religious people should immerse into these baths in order to achieve purity. Therefore, these are a clear indication of the Jewish presence in the city.

The four miqwa'ot found in Magdala are unique because they receive water from springs and have no plaster coating at the bottom, which allows the water to filter between the stones. Such facilities are considered to be the purest in the Mishnah (oral tradition and Rabbinic commentary on Jewish law). The four water installations are connected by a channel that is on the street, this allows the water to circulate and prevents it from becoming impure. A structure with an arch that is still standing has been identified here it was built and receives water in the same way as the miqwa'ot. Its function was to maintain the water level required by the law.
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Date Added Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)25S E 264682 N 3634819
Decimal Degrees32.82620000, -35.51378333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 49.572', W 35° 30.827'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 49' 34.32" N, 35° 30' 49.62" W
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