My daughter, Shayna G.K., was married in 1999. She desired to
go the mikvah, for the first time, before her wedding. I contacted our
lovely friend, Bluma Rivkin, whose husband is Rabbi Zelig Rivkin, at the
Tulane Chabad House. A few days before the wedding, Shayna's future
mother-in-law, Norma, and I went with Shayna to meet Bluma at the Chabad House
mikvah. Bluma was waiting for us with open arms, a big smile, a bottle of wine
and a bouquet of flowers for Shayna.
She accompanied Shayna in
her first mikvah experience, making it so meaningful and beautiful
for my daughter, that Shayna has continued using the mikvah in the city
where she and Eric live, now with 2 precious daughters, ages 5 and 7.
On that day, Bluma also invited Norma and me to perform the
mitzvah of mikvah. I had immersedin the mikvah priot to my own my marriage, but
did not regularly continue to do so, and besides, at this point in my life I
was beyond menopause. Bluma explained that a woman can immerse in the mikvah
one final time at this phase in her life, but then was no longer obligated to
continue. I accepted and so did Norma. As she did with Shayna, Bluma made it
a very beautiful and fulfilling experience. I know that Norma has
continued to use the mikvah, after that satisfying experience here.
Thanks to Bluma Rivkin, Shayna and Norma and I shared a
lovely experience, making our generational and family ties even closer, and
providing Shayna with a unique, spiritual preparation for her wedding.