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Sign: Neot Kedumim Park - Water Cistern

Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל פארק נאות קדומים
Emblem of Neot Kedumim Park

בור הארי
תפקיד בור המים לאגור מים באזורי ההר והשפלה, בהם שכבת מי התהום עמוקה ומעטים המעיינות. בור המים ניזון ממי גשם שנותבו לכיוונו, צורתו כפעמון חצוב בסלע ופתחו צר כדי למנוע אידוי המים וכניסת לכלוך.

אבן גולל סוגרת בדרך כלל את הפתח של אבן החוליה לצורך שמירה ולמניעת נפילת חיה או אדם.

בור המים, כמו הבאר, שימשו כמקום מפגש חברתי, ומכאן גם רקע לתחילתם של סיפורי אהבה: עבד אברהם ורבקה, יעקב ורחל, משה ובנות יתרו ועוד.

במשנה מוזכר בעל מקצוע ייחודי לחפירת בורות מים ולתחזוקתם - " בַּיָּר ".

Water Cistern (bor ha’ari)
Cisterns served as water reservoirs in the mountains and lowlands of Israel, where groundwater was too deep to reach and natural springs were scarce. The bell-shaped cisterns were carved in rock and gathered rainwater directed into them through a narrow opening to prevent dirt from entering and water from evaporating.

A circular stone usually covered the cistern’s opening for safekeeping and to prevent people or animals from falling in.

Cisterns, like wells, served as a social gathering place and consequently as the place where love stories began: Rebecca and Abraham’s servant, Jacob and Rachel, Moses and the daughters of Jethro, and more.

The Mishnah mentions a specific profession for cistern excavation and maintenance - bayar (pit keeper).
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The Cistern was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

Neot Kedumim Park is a park that tries to restore the vegetation that existed in the Bible period

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