The Israeli GPS app Waze, now provides mikvah (ritual bath) locations. The service also contains a security ‘glitch’ that reveals Orthodox Jews who use a ‘non-Kosher’ smartphone, when they shouldn’t.
The popular navigation application Waze can now direct you to the nearest mikvah – a Jewish ritual bath, the Israeli daily Maariv reported Monday.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews hold hands during a protest against their young men being called up for military service on February 6, 2014 in Jerusalem – Photo: Gali Tibbon-AFP/File
The service had been developed in coordination with Israel’s Ministry of Religious Services.
Now, if you are in immediate need of ritual immersion, you can type in “mikvah” on your app and be directed to the nearest one. Continue Reading »
Mikvehs were covered up & only exposed recently when members of the Jewish community in Groningen chanced upon blueprints of the building.
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A Dutch Jewish organization rediscovered two ritual baths that had been forgotten after the Holocaust.
Groningen Folkingedwarsstraat synagogue – Photo: Google Street View
In reporting about the find Friday, the Crescas Jewish education institute wrote on its website that large parts of the 19th-century ritual baths, or mikvehs, were unearthed last week at a Jewish community building in the northern city of Groningen.
“The mikvehs are an exciting find,” Crescas wrote. “They are remarkably well-preserved. The marble of one of the baths was partially damaged during renovations.”