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Drove My Levy to the Levee

The day the Omaha mikveh went dry

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The empty mikveh, filled with ice, and rain water.(Yaakov Weiss)

After their mikvah went dry, members of the Orthodox community in Omaha, Nebraska had to get creative. Today on Tablet, Michael Orbach tells the story.

Refilling a mikveh isn’t a simple matter of turning on a faucet; there are rules about what kind of water can and cannot be used. The community in Omaha prayed for rain—one of the approved methods for replenishing the water in a mikveh—and their prayers were eventually answered. But by the time those rains came, another solution was already in place, a solution that involved one ton of ice.

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Drove My Levy to the Levee

The day the Omaha mikveh went dry

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