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A Cold Dip in Mei Neftoach

A Cold Dip in Mei Neftoach

Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash90

These three Haredi boys have the right idea about temperature management. Just jump in the water and stay there until it’s safe to come out again – say, before Rosh Hashanah.

At least I think they’re Haredi, because one of them has lost control of his earlocks which are flying on either side of his head. But maybe by now boys of all manner of Orthodox Judaism have started to grow payas. See, normally we tell by their yarmulkas…

The pool they just jumped into is in an old Jewish village which is mentioned in the Book of Joshua, Mei Neftoach. In 1948 there was an Arab village here, named Lifta, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The Arab population fled during Israel’s War of Independence, when the Jordanian Legion lay siege to the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem and Jewish units were attempting to break through this area with supplies for the starved city.

The village, which remained intact, sits on a hillside between the main entrance to Jerusalem and the neighborhood of Romema. In 2012, plans to rebuild the village as an upscale neighborhood were rejected by the Jerusalem District Court.

Good looking pool, though.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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