Mayyim Hayyim is a mikveh - a ritual bath - and much more. We hope you'll find our website to be full of fascinating information, insights, and surprises. We look forward to hearing from you.
Monday, November 10, 17, and 24, 2014, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This November, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we will offer an exciting new class series, Many Waters. This class series will be an opportunity for participants -- whether or not they are members of a particular synagogue -- to learn at Mayyim Hayyim with some of Boston area’s most engaging clergy.
Come learn from Rabbis Barbara Penzner of Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, Carl Perkins of Temple Aliyah and David Lerner of Temple Emunah. (more »)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Let’s think about the immediate reactions that different Jews had to the Oct. 14 arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the spiritual leader of congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, who has been accused of using a secret camera to spy on women immersing in a mikvah, the Jewish ritual bath.
Jews throughout modern Orthodoxy, the branch of Judaism in which Rabbi Freundel is so prominent, were horrified, and ashamed, that one of theirs could be accused of an act so perverted.
Secular, Reform and Conservative Jews rolled their eyes. The mikvah is principally used by Orthodox women, who, after not touching their husbands while menstruating, must immerse in a mikvah before resuming sexual relations — a rule that strikes liberal Jews as sexist and anachronistic. While feeling compassion, these Jews may have also thought, “Why are 21st-century women still going to the mikvah?”
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