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  Jewish Women - A Mikvah for Feminists
The mikvah's primary function lies within the context of traditional Jewish marital life, at least since the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the abolishment of is requirement of ritual purity.
The mikvah can in fact rather serve as the basis for innovative rituals especially for women, for examples as part of the process of healing after illness, operations or miscarriages, or as part of the psychological of experiences such as sexual abuse and rape, divorce or death.
Beyond the traditional function of the mikvah the dream for this mikvah is a combination of health spa, counseling and educational center for the Jewish community.
www.bet-debora.de /2001/jewish-family/fonrobert.htm   (936 words)

  Reference Encyclopedia - Mikvah
Ancient mikvahs dating from Temple times (predating 70 CE) can be found throughout the Land of Israel, as well as in the diaspora.
Among Orthodox Jews, women are required to immerse in a mikvah after childbirth or menstruation before they have intercourse with their husbands.
The requirement of married women immersing in a mikvah after the Niddah period was recently reaffirmed in two recent Conservative responsa.
www.referenceencyclopedia.com /?title=Mikvah   (2053 words)

 Living Waters
Now, some Conservative women use the mikvah monthly, and men and women from every denomination are using the mikvah as a source of healing or to mark experiences that are life-changing.
The indoor mikvahs of today meet that requirement by mixing chlorinated tap water with rain water, usually collected in a pool that is connected by pipe to the mikvah.
She says that is especially effective for people who are using the mikvah to mark a transformative period in their lives, as many in the Jewish Renewal movement do.
www.jewishjournal.com /old/covermikvah.1.21.0.htm   (1468 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / Mikvah opening stirs hope for renewal of sacred ritual
Now that the Chabad Center of Natick has opened the first mikvah in the corridor of communities between Boston and Worcester, Camm and many other Jews from the western suburbs will be able to make their clean start much closer to home.
While the new mikvah is easier to get to for many in the region, supporters also hope it will encourage other area Jews to renew the observance of the ritual, which has fallen off sharply in recent generations, according to Rabbi Levi Fogelman, director of the Chabad Center.
Since mikvah is a ritual -- not physical -- cleansing, practitioners are supposed to wash thoroughly beforehand.
www.boston.com /news/local/articles/2003/09/11/mikvah_opening_stirs_hope_for_renewal_of_sacred_ritual   (770 words)

  Mikvah at AllExperts
Mikvah (or mikveh) (Hebrew: מִקְוָ×"; Tiberian Miqwāh, Standard Hebrew Miqva) (plural, mikvaot or mikvot) is a "ritual bath" used for immersion in a purification ceremony within Judaism.
Immersion in a mikvah is also required during a traditional conversion to Judaism and in some cases for pots and pans.
Today, among Orthodox Jews, only women are still required to immerse in a mikvah after childbirth or menstruation before they have intercourse with their husbands.
en.allexperts.com /e/m/mi/mikvah.htm   (1005 words)

 Mikvah.org *** Mivtza Taharas Hamishpacha *** Taking monotony our of Monogamy
In a nutshell, the Mikvah method, or Family Sanctity, works like this: At the time of month when a woman expects her period, she separates from any form of physical intimacy with her husband.
The Mikvah is a clean, warm pool of water in very pleasant, private surroundings and is constructed according to rigorous halachic/legal standards.
This is not to suggest that Mikvah is a panacea for all marital ills, but millions of satisfied practitioners the world over are proving that it really is possible for the luster of love to last a lifetime.
mikvah.org /inside.asp?id=220   (1466 words)

 A Ritual Bath, the Mikvah, Makes an Elegant Return - New York Times
Among Orthodox Jews, the mikvah, the ritual bath taken mostly by married women after their menstrual cycle or just before their wedding, is considered one of the pillars of Judaism.
On the Upper East Side, a mikvah is the cornerstone of a $12 million project to turn a town house on East 77th Street into the Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, a 17,200-square-foot space devoted to educational, social and outreach programs.
The mikvah in the Jewish center will take up the entire basement with two pools and eight preparation rooms, including a bridal suite to be used by women who want to use the mikvah before their weddings.
www.nytimes.com /2005/05/31/nyregion/31mikvah.html?ex=1275192000&en=68d55e3af402e97b&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&pagewanted=print   (940 words)

The Allentown Mikvah is staffed and maintained by a group of volunteers, who also serve weekly shifts as the MLOC, "mikvah lady on call." Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Mikvah immersion is open to any Jew, whether for niddah use, conversion or any other purpose.
Our Mikvah, dedicated in September 2006 and now in use, is equipped with both bor al gabei bor and bor min hatzad, and was designed under the aegis of Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, through consultant Ephraim Geretz.
www.sonsofisrael.net /mikvah.htm   (86 words)

 Brookline, Brighton Community Mikvah
The Daughters of Israel Mikvah is under the supervision of the Bostoner Rebbe.
The mikvah's answering machine, at (617) 782-9433, lists the hours of operation each week; please make an appointment, preferably the day before you plan to visit, by leaving your name and telephone number.
There is a mikvah for dishes on the premises, which is open to the public almost every Sunday morning, from 10 a.m.
www.yibrookline.org /mikvah.html   (205 words)

 Mikvah - ArticleWorld   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The mikvah was used by both men and women, for various reasons.
At one time, everyone was required to go to the mikvah after coming in contact with the dead, or other ritually unclean objects, before entering the temple.
In the contemporary mikvah for women, there is always an experienced attendant to watch the immersion, and ensure that the woman has been entirely covered in water.
www.articleworld.org /index.php?title=Mikvah&printable=yes   (312 words)

Mikvah is an authentic part of the physical reality of Judaism and Jewish life.
The Mikvah at Temple Beth-El opened in May of 2001 and was dedicated by Morton and Shirley Brown to their mothers, Molly Brown and Sylvia Janus and their commitment to our faith in September of 2001.
For further information on the Mikvah contact Rabbi Creditor and he will be happy to help you at (804) 355-3564 or rabbi.creditor@bethelrichmond.org
www.bethelrichmond.org /Life/mikvah.htm   (247 words)

 Ahavas Torah Online
All of the mikvahs of which we have heard are of poured concrete construction.
According to one national mikvah registry there are only five other mikvahs in the United States which are ADA compliant, and no others in northern California.
The mikvah is accessible to persons of limited physical ability and its facilities comply with Federal ADA regulations.
www.ahava.org /mikvah.htm   (818 words)

 Mikvah exhibition lifts veils of secrecy surrounding ancient ritual
It's the mikvah, a ritual bath in which observant Jewish women traditionally immerse themselves the night before they marry and after their monthly cycle, before resuming intimacy with their husbands.
Visiting the mikvah has long been a private, even secret practice, passed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years.
They wanted to document mikvah's current "comeback," wherein women across the spectrum are using the practice in new ways -- to be "reborn" after spousal or sexual abuse, for example, or following divorce, or to mark recovery from illness.
www.post-gazette.com /lifestyle/20040217mikvah0217fnp2.asp   (978 words)

 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . BELIEF & PRACTICE . The Mikvah . June 6, 2003 | PBS
It is the "mikvah," a ritual bath of purification that is the apex of a complex set of Jewish laws which dictate sexual interaction between husband and wife.
NAOMI WEINBERGER (Mikvah User): You get away from the craziness of your home life and you come and you say to your husband, "By the way, next Tuesday is mikvah night." And he looks forward to it and you look forward to it, and you pencil it in on your calendar.
And returned to the mikvah as a family where Sara was immersed, as are all converts, to become a member of the Jewish people.
www.pbs.org /wnet/religionandethics/week640/belief.html   (1295 words)

 InnerNet: Jewish CyberMag   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The fact that the Mikvah is a necessary element in conversion indicates that it is an important element of Judaism.
The use of Mikvah is one of the main factors that traditionally distinguishes the Jew from the non-Jew.
To some degree, this explains why a Mikvah cannot be made in a vessel or tub, but must be built directly in the ground, for in a sense, the Mikvah also represents the grave.
www.innernet.org.il /article.php?aid=363   (4574 words)

 Medieval mikvah
The mikvah dates from the 13th century and is "the only identifiable structure that has survived from the Jewish community of medieval London," according to the Museum of London.
He said it was possible another mikvah had been found in London in the 1980s, but not recognized as such.
Clark said it is not certain that the site was used as a mikvah, but the inscription is the same age as the mikvah found in London last month.
www.jewishaz.com /jewishnews/011116/medieval.shtml   (553 words)

 Some Jews see mikvah as rebirth National Catholic Reporter - Find Articles
The mikvah is an ancient Jewish tradition still practiced in the modern world both because it is required by Jewish law and for a handful of other more contemporary reasons.
The word mikvah is Hebrew for a "gathering" of mayim chayim, or "living water." Centuries ago, in accordance with Jewish law, women immersed themselves before their weddings and monthly thereafter, seven days after their menstrual periods ended.
Karmely and representatives of other community mikvot see a resurgence in the spiritual practice, but because visits to a mikvah are so private, it is difficult to tell whether the number of women using them is on the rise, and still more difficult to describe their reasons for doing so.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1141/is_8_42/ai_n16088256   (693 words)

 Mikvah   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A mikvah is very important to the development of a community.
The violation of a woman not immersing in the mikvah, after her menstrual period, is equal to eating on Yom Kippur.
The reward of using the mikvah, is the foundation of Judaism.
www.ohrmenachemchabad.org /mikvah.htm   (258 words)

 Boca Raton Synagogue - Mikvah in Boca Raton Florida
The mikvah meets all halachic guidelines and laws, and is kosher L'Mihadrin min Hamihadrin.
For an information group tour of the mikvah, or to study the laws of Taharat Ha'mishpacha (family purity), contact Yocheved Goldberg.
Although appointments are not necessary, please contact the shul office for access to the men's mikvah or the keilim mikvah.
www.brsweb.org /mikvah.php   (299 words)

 What is a Mikvah? | AskMoses.com - Judaism, Ask a Rabbi - Live
In Judaism, Mikvah refers to a small pool usually found on the premises of synagogues or in separate facilities nearby, and the spiritual rituals associated with it.
The Mikvah is used by a bride on the eve of her wedding day, by Chassidic men every morning, by women once a month, by converts to Judaism, and even by pots/pans/dishes/utensils before their new jobs in a Kosher kitchen (which is a spiritual place too, by the way).
Mikvah is rebirth, so, for everyone going to Mikvah, you go in the way you’re born...
www.askmoses.com /article.html?h=211&o=68   (852 words)

 The Mikvah - Mikvah
The mikvah must contain a minimum of two hundred gallons of rainwater that was gathered and siphoned into the mikvah pool in accordance with a highly specific set of regulations.
The mikvah concept is also the focal point of the taharah, the purification rite of a Jew before the person is laid to rest and the soul ascends on high.
Immersion in the mikvah is the culmination of the Taharat Hamishpachah discipline.
www.chabad.org /theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/1541/jewish/The-Mikvah.htm   (6085 words)

 j. - Demystifying the monthly ritual of mikvah
But the mikvah’s importance in halachah has been linked to the very survival of the Jewish people because it dictates when a husband and wife are permitted to have sexual relations.
A mikvah must be built into the ground or built as an essential part of the building (hence, why bathtubs or whirlpools cannot function as mikvahs).
The mikvah must contain a minimum of 200 gallons of rainwater that was gathered and siphoned into the mikvah pool in accordance with a highly specific set of regulations.
www.jewishsf.com /content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/30742/format/html/displaystory.html   (1047 words)

 NPR : Feminist Jews Revive Ritual Bath for Women
But in recent years, the mikvah has been making something of a comeback, as even the most feminist Jews are reinventing the ritual for the 21st century.
Sher says it was her daughter who first introduced her to a modern interpretation of the mikvah as an affirmation of her femininity and fertility.
But as Goldstein points out, the mikvah is also being used today as a kind of spiritual therapy, for everything from getting over a miscarriage, to completing a round of chemotherapy, finishing a doctoral degree or breaking up with a boyfriend.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=5490415   (1238 words)

 USCJ: I Am A Mikvah Lady
As at Janna's mikvah, we arrived at the parking lot at 7 in the morning.
While I would gladly swap the beauty of a sunrise and the grandeur of the vast ocean as my private mikvah for a conventional one, the answer still is yes.
The entire conversion process is an emotional one, the happiness on the glowing faces of our new sisters is inspiring, and the rewards of embracing a person as she dives into the depths of Judaism are immeasurable.
www.uscj.org /I_Am_A_Mikvah_Lady7081.html   (1023 words)

 The Florida Jewish Directory - Mikvah
A Jewish marriage is a sacred institution, and the love between a husband and wife is a pure and sanctified love.
A mikvah is a pool of water fed by approximately 200 gallons of natural water.
By practicing the ritual of Mikvah and accepting the presence of G-d into their marriage, the intimate relationship of man and wife is itself good and beautiful and holy.
www.realfloridajewishdirectory.com /chicago/mikvah.asp   (301 words)

 Mikvah, Chevra Kadisha, and Beth Din of S Jose and Greater South Bay
A mikvah has been constructed and is available to the entire community.
The mission of the San Jose Mikvah Society, Inc., is to correct that deficiency by constructing a ritual bath facility in San Jose.
The arbitrator of questions regarding the operation of the mikvah is the Beth Din of San Jose.
www.ahava.org /affiliate.html   (836 words)

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