Photo Credit: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The concealed wooden doors opened to reveal stairs leading to an ancient mivkah. The mikvah is a Jewish ritual pool that has been used for thousands of years -- to this day -- for various purification purposes.

“Representatives of the IAA arrived and together we cleaned the mikvah. To our joy and indeed to our surprise, we found them to be worthy partners in this fascinating journey. The IAA archaeologists demonstrated great professionalism, interest and pleasantness. They were solely concerned with preserving and investigating the finds,” the owners said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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