A New BeginningEntering menopause: A time of transformation. A new phase of life begins.
Invigoration. Inspiration. It is a time for a woman to explore her spirituality
and increase her focus on herself, her marriage, and her family. Judaism offers
a unique and incredibly special way to celebrate this transition and expand the
spirit through the ritual of mikvah.
A link to the past, a promise for the futureA mikvah is a ritual bath, constructed according to intricate laws and
specifications, for particular mitzvot-commandments. The mikvah has the power to
transform the every day world into the realm of the holy and spiritual. The most
important and general use of the mikvah is by brides and married women. For
thousands of years, Jewish marriages and families have been strengthened through
the sanctity and holiness inherent in Taharas Hamishpacha-the laws of family
purity which require a woman to immerse in the mikvah after her menstrual period
and prior to resuming physical intimacy with her husband. Generations of Jewish
women have found that the mitzvah of mikvah brings them closer to G-d - the
Source of life, purity, and holiness.
Myth: I've been married for years. It's too late to
start going to the mikvah.
Reality: The Torah
teaches us that it is never too late to observe a mitzvah. The blessings of the
mikvah can be bestowed upon a woman and her family even if she goes after her
childbearing years have ended.
A single act, infinite rewardsImmersion in the mikvah at the appropriate time is a mitzvah that can be
performed only by women. For women who have experienced their last menstrual
period, a single immersion -performed in accordance with specific guidelines -
can reap a lifetime of blessings for herself and her family. It can elevate her
marriage to new heights of holiness, enabling her to enter the next phase of
life with a symbolic rebirth and a spiritual renewal.
A personal journey, a private mitzvah
The mitzvah of mikvah is an extremely private one. It is a way for a woman to
integrate her spiritual nature with her physical being, to connect with Jewish
women throughout the world and across time, and to move closer to G-d. To learn
more about mikvah, contact your local Orthodox rabbi or his wife.
|Myth: I'm not so religious. It would be
hypocritical to go to the mikvah.|
Reality: Every mitzvah counts! Immersing in the mikvah offers
a wonderful sense of renewal and rebirth. It's the perfect mitzvah for a woman
who wants to expand her Jewish horizons.