Ma'ale Michmas
Settling the Land of Israel - In the heart of the Binyamin region
 Location & Climate


Ma'ale Michmas, Israel is located 12 km north-east (as the crow flies) of Jerusalem, on the "Allon Road", some 5km west of the Judean Desert oasis and Roman aqueduct system of Wadi Kelt.   This area is called the Binyamin region - the portion of land alotted to the tribe of Binyamin, when the tribes of Israel entered the Land of Israel.

The closest communities to Ma'ale Michmas are:  Bet-El, Ofrah, and to the west; Rimonim and Kochav HaShahar to the north; Mitzpeh Yeriho, Kfar Adumim, and Ma'ale Adumim to the east; Adam to the south, and Psagot and Kochav Ya'akov to the south-west.   Ma'ale Michmas is named for the site of the biblical battle at Michmas. "Ma'ale" means "rise", and the community is so named because it sits on the high ground near the site of Michmas, which is approximately where the Arab village Muhmas now sits.  [See Map]


Ma'ale Michmas sits between the Jerusalem watershed and the Judean Desert. The area is considered the edge of the desert.  In comparison to Jerusalem, the climate in this area is somewhat warmer during the day, and cooler at night, but not quite as extreme as the desert itself.

In the summer months the temperatures range from low 20's to 40 degrees and it is rarely humid. The daytime air is very still, and in the late afternoon a breeze begins blowing which last through most of the night. This breeze often carries quite a bit of desert dust.

Winter brings strong winds, day and night, and rain, with rare light snowfalls. Winter temperatures range from a few degrees above zero to 15 degrees.  The area turns green in the winter and early spring.  The wadis (dry riverbeds which run in almost all the valleys) flood often in winter.

Some photographs © Eli File.
Last Updated Sunday, July 07, 2019.

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