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      Itamar Continues to Build, Launches New Mikveh

      Itamar launches a new ritual bath, marking the community's efforts to continue building despite terrorism.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 12/26/2011, 1:16 AM

      New Itamar mikveh
      New Itamar mikveh
      Shmulik Klein

      A new mikveh (ritual bath) was inaugurated this week in the Shomron community of Itamar.

      In honor of the dedication of the mikveh, a special gathering for women was held in Itamar. During the gathering, the women received a tour of the elegant mikveh and then continued to the local Chabad House, where they heard a lecture by Rabbi Yitzhak Arad, an expert in personal training who owns a coaching school. Rabbi Arad captivated the audience as he spoke about the connection between modern coaching and the Hasidic worldview.

      The new mikveh symbolizes Itamar’s efforts to continue building, especially after the demolition of a neighborhood in the community earlier this month.

      Israeli authorities arrived in the middle of the night to destroy the hilltop outpost of Givat Aryeh, which was established in memory of the five members of the Fogel family who were brutally murdered by Arab terrorists last March.

      Three permanent homes, a synagogue and two other structures were destroyed by police bulldozers and Civil Administration workers.

      Rabbi Natan Chai, Itamar’s rabbi, said during the inauguration of the new mikveh that it is a joyous event for community.

      “This is another blessing and a sign of life, which we want to continue as a sign of victory of light over darkness, that the murderers of the Fogel family tried to sow.”

      He added, “The light of the holy Fogel family will continue by doing, building and working here in Itamar. We are currently in the midst of a momentum of building and planning, and we have also launched a campaign to establish a permanent structure for our synagogue, which will be named after the holy people who were murdered in Itamar. The murder and the terror will not win over us.”