Grand Strand sees a new symbol of diversity, one brick at a time
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:50:01 GMT —
A spiritual building that is soon to be complete in Myrtle Beach is just one more sign of how diverse the Grand strand really is and once it's built, it will make history too.
According to Chabad Myrtle Beach's Rabbi Doron Aizenman, the state's first-ever male and female combined Mikvah, hebrew for spiritual bath, is being built right next to Chabad in Myrtle Beach.
"A mikvah means a special pool of rainwater that is collected in a special way to provide spiritual power," Rabbi Aizenman explained, adding that it's a place of spiritual cleansing and a tradition for the Jewish people.
"For 6,000 years, this was always a sign of a community. For us, it means that on the map, Myrtle Beach becomes a lamplight. It's going to be providing something that not many communities in this area do so we are very proud."
The two-story Mikvah building will have a main entrance and both men and women will be able to access each separate Mikvah room through a hallway.
Making history one brick at a time, Rabbi Aizenman says the 4,000 square foot building is a reflection of our area's diversity.
"Now with this project everybody looks up, says I'll Google what it means, I want to learn more about it, I want to be part of it...We are looking forward for it to be enhancing spiritualism in this community."
A symbol of permanence for the Jewish people, Rabbi Aizenman added that the Mikvah provides future generations something that they never had before in our area: a reminder of tradition, 6,000 years in the making.
"It is for the future, it is for the children, it is to give them something that's very special in our world."
Rabbi Aizenman says the Mikvah is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
To donate to the Mikvah fund, click here.