In addition to building a synagogue on this land, a ritual bathhouse, or mikveh, was also built; the first in the entire region, in which the sanctity and purity of the daughters of Israel relies. The Chofetz Chaim z''l said that it is preferable to build a mikveh than to build a synagogue, for the mikveh spring is a source of purity

for the Children of Israel and a symbol of the covenant between us and our

Father in Heaven.          

Construction of a Mikvah demands rare talents, it is sufficient that

construction of a Mikvah requires extensive knowledge of the laws

of ritual baths, a knowledge that did not lie within the community. After

much searching we found the right person to engage the holy task,

Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum.

Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum built dozens, if not hundreds of ritual baths throughout the world. Once we established contact and expressed to him our need for a mikveh in our Community, he immediately took on the task.

Building a mikveh in our area required wisdom and extensive knowledge in construction.  One memorable instance we had was while digging a hole for the mikveh. Since the entire island is surrounded by water, as soon as the construction workers began digging, the entire hole began to fill up with seawater, which made it impossible to begin casting the concrete.  Until one of the workers figured out a way to overcome the problem, "And He

imbued him with the spirit of G-d, with wisdom, with insight, and

with knowledge, and with [talent for] all manner of craftsmanship"

(Exodus 35:31) Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum quickly rushed to the

hardware store and purchased stones and a perforated plastic bucket, and

ordered a tractor to the area and instructed him to dig to the side of the

mikveh cistern, a deeper hole.  When the tractor finished digging the hole,

something miraculous suddenly occurred- all of the water from the mikveh

cistern drained into the second hole at its side. The Rabbi placed the

perforated plastic bucket  in the middle of the hole dug by the tractor and inside

that bucket he placed a water pump.  The bucket was surrounded with the stones he had purchased, by doing so- the water that entered into the bucket was clean.  The stones were utilized as a filter so that sand would not clog up the pump whose function was to remove the water.  Everyone present, including construction engineers, stood amazed at the Rabbi's great shrewdness. It was a most unordinary sight; to witness the Rabbi direct and explain to construction workers the manner of building the mikveh in fine detail.

Informative material can be located at the mikveh, from which each woman can learn about the great importance of immersing for a daughter of Israel, as well as the impact of immersion on building the Jewish Home.

Furthermore, every woman that arrives to the mikveh has at her access

a high quality, fully equipped bathroom, which addresses to all of her needs,

in terms of both religious law and an aesthetic standpoint.  It should be

mentioned that this is the only mikveh of such, within a radius of 500 miles.             

Rabbi Akiva said: Happy are you Israel- before whom do you purify yourselves? Who purifies you? Your Father in Heaven, for it says, "And I will sprinkle pure water upon you, and you will be pure" (Ezekiel 36:25) and says: "The Mikveh of Israel is HASHEM" (Jeremiah 17:13) For Just as a mikveh purifies the impure, so does HASHEM purify the Jewish People. (Mishna, Tractate Yoma 83)

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