By Jewish law, any natural body of water is a mikveh. Since it is filled with waters that come directly from the source of creation, its waters have the power to purify, heal, and restore. Now you can walk down a path in Jerusalem’s National Park and view two ancient Jewish manmade baths that once were used to purify those ascending the Temple Mount.
A pathway between two 2,000-yearold ritual baths (mikvaot) once used by pilgrims to purify themselves before ascending the Temple Mount will be inaugurated at the historic Ophel site in the Davidson Center Archeological Park on Thursday.
Located by the walls of Jerusalem National Park, the Antiquities Authority said on Sunday the “mikve path,” which it described as “experimental, circular and modular,” was constructed and conserved with the help of donations from Australian entrepreneur Kevin Bermeister.
“The path has been highlighted and, in that way, it can be better understood within the historical and archeological complexity of the Ophel site, which was continuously inhabited from the Iron Age to the Crusader period,” the authority said in a statement.
The arrival of tens of thousands of pilgrims who were lodged in the city’s houses during the three pilgrimage festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Succot necessitated an infrastructure capable of supplying water that was used both for religious rituals and to maintain purification rituals.