Separated by a thousand years, Queen Esther and Scheherazade were both the second wives of betrayed and humiliated kings. Both were selected by these kings from a harem, after a thousand women came before them. And both women’s lives were hanging by a thread, yet they chose to stand up for themselves and others and save lives.
After six months of delays and three years of construction, a luxuriously modern new mikveh opened last Sunday on the Upper West Side, a far cry from the funky but soulful ritual bath that served the neighborhood for years.
Located on 74th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, the mikveh has three immersion pools and 13 preparation rooms for women, as well as a men’s mikveh with its own entrance, and a mikveh to immerse new pots and pans in order to make them fit for use by those who keep strictly kosher.