Myth: It's degrading to women
The truth is: Any woman who practices the laws of mikvah knows that it is an
ELEVATING experience. That which is degrading to woman comes from the base
exploitation of her as a sex symbol. By practicing the Torah traditions
pertaining to Jewish intimacy, the relationship between the Jewish woman and her
husband becomes sanctified. Their marriage is a model of true LOVE AND RESPECT.
Myth: My husband will never understand
The truth is: The precepts of Jewish intimacy are easily understood. A Jewish
husband can appreciate that the use of mikvah and the discipline associated with
it helps produce a husband-wife relationship that is in a state of continuous
renewal. The honeymoon never ends; the attraction remains as strong as the day
the couple met. But before any subject can be understood there must be exposure
to it in a relevant and meaningful way.
Myth: I can use my bathtub
The truth is: Bathtubs provide a place for getting physically clean. But if
you want to use a bathtub to become spiritually fit-it wouldn't help a bit. For
that you need a mikvah. A mikvah must have as its direct source natural living
water, such as fresh spring water, rainwater or even melted snow. Just as the
Torah itself is compared to living waters, so does it specify that a mikvah, in
order to be kosher, must be filled with living waters that are collected in a
Myth: They are dark and dirty places
The truth is: Modern, elegant mikvahs are becoming the rule. Its ritual pool
and genuine rainwater storage tanks are kept under strict hygienic control
insuring that the water remains clean and clear. The preparation rooms are
immaculate and spa-like. Mikvahs are built in compliance with the highest
halachik and aesthetic standards.
Myth: Everyone will know I went
The truth is: No one will know if or when you go to the mikvah except you and
your husband. Of course, the mikvah attendant will be there to assist you, but
she knows how to keep a secret. The point is that the mikvah experience is an
extremely private one. You will use the mikvah and prepare in total privacy. Far
from being a public spectacle, the Jewish woman who goes to the mikvah is the
epitome of modesty and refinement. And has been that way for nearly 4,000 years.
Myth: I don't keep Shabbos, so why should I go to the
The truth is: Every mitzva a Jew does brings its own blessings to himself and
the whole world. Especially the mitzvot pertaining to Jewish intimacy. Through
observing these eternal laws, the Jewish husband and wife maintain mutual
respect, essential to any good marriage. This is the secret that has avoided so
many problems and has built beautiful Jewish families for thousands of years.
Rather than considering one's lack of other Torah observances as a deterrent to
mikvah, consider this as a practical place to begin.
Myth: The burden is all on the woman
The truth is: Going to the mikvah is a total family commitment, meaning that
both husband and wife are equally involved in the discipline of Jewish intimacy.
And both reap the benefits of a relationship that is forever renewed, and a
marriage that is uniquely stable. But, yes, when it comes to mikvah, the control
factor is given to the woman. Hers is the final responsibility because G-d
trusts her. And for more than 3,000 years she has proven herself to be worthy of
Myth: None of my friends use it
The truth is: When a Jewish woman goes to the mikvah, her friends shouldn't
know. Only her husband and the mikvah attendant know. The entire experience is
extremely private and dignified. So there's no way to know for sure that your
friends don't go. Some of them may very well use the mikvah. In fact, using the
mikvah is so private, even your mother might have gone. And you never knew.