What is a Mikvah?A mikvah is a natural body of water or a gathering of water that has a
designated connection to natural water. The pool is designed specifically for
immersion, according to the rules and customs of Jewish law. It contains about
200 gallons of water.
What is Special About the Water in a Mikvah?Water is the primary source of all living things. It has the power to purify,
to restore and replenish life. A mikvah must be filled with living waters from a
flowing source that has never been dormant, such as fresh spring water,
rainwater, or even melted snow.The water is kept under strict hygienic
control,cleaned daily and chlorinated.
What is Taharat Hamishpacha, Family Sanctity?
The Jewish marriage santifies husband and wife. Taharas
Hamishpacha observance introduces times of separation and reunion as
part of a cycle in married life. Separation begins with the onset of the
menstrual flow. It is a time when the depth of the husband-wife relationship is
expressed without physical intimacy. It is a period of anticipation and
preparation for mikvah immersion. The reunion, which follows, holds the highest
potential for sanctity in marriage.
How Does One Prepare for Mikvah Immersion?
Following one's monthly menstruation, a woman counts seven "spotless" days.
During this entire time, from the onset of menstruation until mikvah immersion,
couples should refrain from marital relations. Prior to immersion, a woman must
cleanse herself thoroughly. She immerses after nightfall.
Why Should I Go To The Mikvah?
Immersion in the mikvah is a biblical commandment of the hightest ordinance,
equated with mitzvos (commandments), such as Kashruth and
Immersion is also a way of drawing G-d into your marriage, by making Him an
integral part of it. Mikvah helps create a husband-wife relationship that is in
a state of continuous renewal. With marriages failing daily, the laws of Family
Sanctity may help you find fulfillment within a sanctified marriage that is
caring, romantic and strong enough to last a lifetime.
Where Can I find The Nearest Mikvah?See our Global Mikvah Directory
Is The Mikvah Only Used By Women? No, the mikvah is used for various things:
Complete understanding and observance of these laws necessitates in-depth
study and subsequent review on a woman-to-woman basis, in private or group
settings, with open sharing of knowledge and experience.
- It is the final stage of conversion to Judaism
- It is used by men customarily at auspicious times, such as
before Yom Kippur and a groom on his wedding day. Many men use
it Erev Shabbos, while some chassidic men even use the mikvah
daily before prayer.
- Generally, new dishes should also be immersed in the mikvah before