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Mikvah

Jewish Ritual Bath Makes A Comeback
Donna Callea

It's a women's ritual as ancient as the Hebrew scriptures. But in modern times, the concept of visiting a ritual bath - or mikvah - has become as foreign to most Jews as it is to the rest of the population.
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A Fresh Look At The Mikvah
Michael Gold

Once a month, after nightfall, my wife keeps a secret appointment. Neither our neighbors, our friends, nor our children know where she goes, although our children sometimes wonder why she returns an hour or so later with her hair wet.
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A Foundation of Love
Rabbi Dov Aharani Fisch

The Jewish home is not just an accidental unit where a man, woman, and children live. It is a sacred unit, the quintessential core of Jewish existence, and the wellspring of Jewish values from which a child draws spiritual sustenance for a lifetime.
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Taking Monotony Out of Monogamy
Mikvah.org

What is as holy as Yom Kippur, more spiritual than meditating and the best thing you can do for your love life? You may not believe it, but the answer is THE MIKVAH - the ancient Jewish method guiding the intimate relationship between husband and wife.
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OCD Mikvah Preparation Checklist
Miriam Yerushalmi

A list you can print out and keep with you to keep track of your preparations and the amount of time required for each task
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Are Women Dirty?
Rabbi Levi Welton

I was raised in a home that had a Jewish communal bath-house, a "mikvah," adjacent to it.

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Sharing With Shayna
Jackie G.

My daughter, Shayna G.K., was married in 1999. She desired to go the mikvah, for the first time, before her wedding.

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Misunderstanding Mikvah
Jonathan Rosenblum

A more absurd projection of Christian sexual asceticism onto Judaism would be hard to imagine. Think Again First, a confession: I am not a woman.
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Entering the Mikvah
Jane Solomon

It was as scary as anything I'd ever done, and I wasn't sure why. As a Reform Jew, my sense of being commanded by G-d does not come with a set of 613 unambiguous instructions...
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Wellsprings
mikvah.org

Judaism is very realistic in its understanding of human sexuality. It understands there is love between men and women that is unique and total, that reaches fulfillment in physical expression.
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Looking Back Moving Forward

Entering menopause: A time of transformation. A new phase of life begins. Invigoration. Inspiration.
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A Feminist On Mikvah
Janice Lochansky

Let's tackle the question of sexism first; do you sincerely feel that there is no sexism in Jewish life?


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Hashem Does His Part
Alan Haber

In the many years that my wife and I have been involved in teaching the laws of Family Purity, we have observed many instances of Hashgacha Pratit , Divine Providence.
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The Ritual Bath
Anne M. Hammerman

Not too many modern Jews are fully acquainted with the many rules and regulations set forth in Halacha (Code of Jewish Law).
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On The Essence of Spiritual Impurity
Susan Handelman

One of the most widely misunderstood concepts in the Torah are contained in the words tumah and taharah. Translated as "unclean" and "clean," or "impure" and "pure," 
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Full Circle
Chana Hennessey

The mikvah is a beautiful place, filled with spirituality. It represents the chain of generations of Jewish women of which we become another link.
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A Marriage Saved

Years ago, the following story occurred: There was a young couple who had a very unhappy marriage, and they decided to divorce. The wife's Mother, who lived in Eretz Yisroel, was devastated by this decision...
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Comments From The Brides
Chabad Lubavitch of Markham, Thornhill, Ontario

"This was a very enlightening experience. It was a sacred moment for me that I will cherish. I fel like my blessings were truly heard tonight and for that I am thankful!..." Dara
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The Power of A Woman
Devorah Kroll

America is over 200 years old and a lot has happened in the last 200 some odd years. Especially to the Jewish woman.
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Taharas Hamishpacha - Inner Meanings

The laws of Taharas Hamishpacha (Family Purity) are an integral part of our religious faith and stemming as they do from our Torah, are not always fully understood by our mortal minds.
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The Beauty of Mikvah
Susan Rosenberg

Somehow, I managed to make it through 22 years of marriage before the notion of mikvah (ritual bath), was raised for me. Sure, I knew that married Jewish women went to the mikvah and observed the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha (Family Purity)...
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Beautiful Wedding, Holy Marriage
Yael Hanover

This Sunday is my third wedding anniversary. This Saturday night is the third anniversary of my first Mikvah immersion. 
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Thank You Mr Brezhnev
Sichos in English

In the 1980s, during the last years of the Brezhnev regime, the Chassidic underground in Russia had yielded a crop of young returnees to Jewish practice.
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Revelations of Rachel
Hinda Langer

With all of America reading books by the experts on topics ranging from "How to Keep a Happy Parakeet" to "Total, Unequaled...
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My Rosh Hashana Baby
Yael Khaytin

Mikvah...Immersion...Sometimes the timing is not very convenient! What to do? To go on time or postpone? Hmmm...
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Love, Marriage and Mikvah
Faige Twerski

Before we discuss Jewish insights into the very private world of intimacy, we need to free ourselves of some non-Jewish notions about the topic.
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To Eat To Pray and To Love
Freidy Yanover

The Three Mitzvot of the Woman are special, holy and spiritual, transcending everyday life
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The Mystique of Mikvah
Sarah Karmely

Genetically, a woman inherits characteristics from her Mother, and she should be proud to do so. The very first Jewish Mother was Sarah Imeinu, and she bequeathed to us...
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This One Time

My name is Masha. I am 58 years old, and I live in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Mikvah, The Art of Transition
Avraham Arieh Trugman

Two complimentary reasons emerge when contemplating the various times we are instructed to go to the mikvah, the Jewish ritual bath.

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Impure Intentions
Rabbi Avi Shafran

Attempts to present Jewish religious practices as cruel, harmful or downright evil, alas, are nothing new. Jewish ritual slaughter, circumcision and Shabbat have all, at one time or another, been publicly assailed.
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Jewish Legacy
Laura Barnes

I was delighted to read the article by Heidi Hass about her Mikvah experience with Bronya Shaffer.
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At My Age

The following is a five part series of correspondence from a woman learning of Mikvah, after menopause, for the first time. Please enjoy this inspirational exchange and follow her journey of discovery.
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The Meaning of Mikvah
Leila Goldstein

I am young, British born and part of a large Jewish family. I work in advertising and have as many non-Jewish friends as Jewish friends.
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Miracle at Sea

I was in Bangkok, Thailand when, Ronit, my husband's cousin, told me her personal story. Before there was a mikvah in Bangkok, women would have to travel down to the seaside and tovel themselves in the sea.
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Mountain Mikvah
Rajel Lea Shohat

Mikvah is an exquisite art. Not only can the mikvah bring a person to the final step towards becoming a part of Klal Israel, following a lengthy process and the directives of the Beis Din of course, but it also allowed me to be reborn.
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Steady Hands
Yerachmiel Tilles

An elderly Jew with a large black Yarmulke once appeared at the Chabad counter in Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

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Experiencing Mikvah
Rose Paull

“So” – my beautiful Rebbetzin Channie said to me one day – “Rose, what are we doing special for your 70th birthday – a mitzvah, something special?”
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My Mikvah Journey
Meri Harary Fleischman

Mikvah-The word evokes a relaxing, spiritual, beautiful image in your mind, for some, it unfortunately evokes a negative, degrading image of how women are treated as “dirty,” “impure,” or “unclean” in Orthodox Judaism.
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A Wonderful Experience
Contributed by Emma Bloom

I am not a very religious Jew but I knew I wanted to go to the mikvah before my marriage. I was a bit hesitant but I had some lessons with an incredibly warm and progressive rebbetzin so I was quite excited about it.
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True Self- Sacrifice

In the town of Emmanuel in Eretz Yisroel (Israel), there lived an elderly couple, olim (immigrants) from Russia, who were childless. They lived there for several years, quietly and alone, without any real contact with other members of the community.
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Taking the Spiritual Dive
Mindy McLees

I began my married life with a non-Jewish husband, an ambitious nature, a college degree, and a bit of an attitude.
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Dear Rebbe: I Have a Story To Tell You
Heidi Hass

My husband and I have been married for ten years, and six years ago we were blessed with a son. Within a year of our son's birth, cancer was discovered in my husband's kidneys and they had to be removed.
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The Power of Once
Joannie Tansky

I was angry at God at that point in my life. Not only did it seem to me that He had held back the treasures of Judaism till I was forty, it seemed that I also would never get a chance to experience, together with my husband, the beautiful and intimate ritual of mikvah.
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A Modern Setting for An Ancient Ritual
Chana Sharfstein

It was August of 1994 and I was leading a kosher tour in Scandinavia; it was summer but we could already feel the bite of fall.
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My Safe Waters
Sarah Newstead

I went to the Mikvah for the first time 18 months ago as a bride...
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Symphony of Immersion
Yael Hanover

It has a sound all its own. I have never heard anything like it anywhere else.
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Why I Love The Mikvah
Wendy Kenin

There are so many reasons to love the mikvah (Jewish ritual bath).

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Valerie's Story
Valerie Gerstein

I didn't go to the mikvah every month. (Few people I know do.) I am content that I went to the mikvah the night before my wedding, no one can ever take that night away from me.
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Mikvah and Me
Contributed by Danya Danilowitz

My husband and I had alot of issues committing to marriage. We had cancelled one wedding and no one could understand why we were still together.
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Living With Breast Cancer: The Healing Power of Mikvah
Sharsheret

One woman's uplifting experience with mikvah after breast cancer...
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Rationale Reasons Illuminating Jewish Law
Rabbi Abraham Twersky

Not infrequently we come across interpretations of Torah precepts in the light of rational thought and scientific discoveries. There has been a division of opinion since Talmudic times on whether one ought to seek to understand...
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The Mikvah Lady Rules
Jean Torkelson

The mikvah lady rules. For thousands of years, women like Janice Fellner have guided Jewish women through the monthly purification ritual God called for in the Book of Leviticus.
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The Icy Mikvah
Rabbi Y. C. Grunstein

The Mikvah is the cornerstone of a vibrant Jewish home. It is within the natural waters of the Mikvah that a woman immerses herself monthly, from marriage till menopause, so that a husband and wife can live a full life of intimacy together.
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Purifying Waters
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

There is nothing more holy in this world, nothing more precious to the Creator, than the union of a man and a woman. It is, after all, the fountain of life. What could be more precious than life - other than the source from which life comes?
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Mikvah A Fresh Start
Rabbi Eliyahu Yaakov

Hope always implies change.It is for a change in the status quo that a person “hopes”. In particular, hope is sensed strongest when a person finds himself in a desperate situation; when he has hit “rock-bottom”.

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Never Too Late To Calculate
F. Kaplan

A friend of mine called me a little while back. She was married just over a year and mentioned that she had not yet been blessed with a pregnancy.

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The Purifying Waters
Ruth Rovner

Is it true only oppressed Orthodox Jewish women use the mikveh? Surprisingly, the feminist stereotype just won't wash.
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Mikvah and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Miriam Yerushalmi

For many women keeping the laws of mikvah is a terrifying, monumental task. They do not know how to control the compulsive behavior that leads them to obsess over their keeping of this sacred mitzvah.
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Living Mikvah
Tzvi Freeman

There is nothing more holy in this world, nothing more precious to its Creator, than the union of a man and a woman. It is, after all, the fountain of life.
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