Feb 23, 2009

Finding Miriam's Well

This morning on the radio they were talking about an interesting topic that comes up every few years. Tradition tells us that when the Jews entered the Land of Israel, the Well of Miriam which accompanied us through our wandering in the desert and provided our water, went into the Kinerret.

I don't know if it is one of those legends like the Loch Ness monster and BigFoot, but every few years we hear a report about someone who claims to have discovered the location of Miriam's Well within the Kinerret.

So today on the radio they were talking about another study regarding the search for Miriam's Well. I did not really understand what they were talking about, but I found an article about the recent discovery....

Here is the article in Hebrew... It mentions some of the traditions held by locals as to the location, as well as some legends of how divers would try to enter the underground well they thought was it and they were not able to... very interesting stuff, but I don't know what finding the well does for us (other than just for the historical aspect of course)...


  1. i dont remember hearing that before. But i guess it would make sense that the Well of Miriam, is the same source of water that we use today? interesting thought...

  2. i think it's very near the location of the 2 holes to gehenim that you can hear Korach, isn't it?

  3. It is a legit medrash in Medrash Rabba (parshas Chukas I believe). In latter years, drinking directly from the well has been believed to have medicinal or rejuvenating properties. Apparently in the past century there were a handful of people who new the location in the Kineret.

  4. It (the traditional location near Tiberius) was rediscovered by my cousin Yossi Stepansky. This is the site that the Arizal gave R' Haim Vital a cup of water to help him remember his Torah.


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