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How does our own life wisdom as modern women influence our understandings of traditional texts -- from familiar liturgy to little-known midrash? This once-a-month lunchtime discussion group addresses the intersection of women, women's issues, women's perspectives, and our sacred texts.

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From the Mayyim Hayyim Blog

The Mikveh, Lady

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I’m going to be honest – before I found this place I was totally ambivalent about the mikveh. Growing up Orthodox, we teenage girls were taught to venerate the mikveh as a mysterious, holy, beautiful thing.

We toured mikva’ot on school and camp field trips, where mikveh ladies would show us how gorgeous the rooms were, how intimate and spa-like the experience. That we would immerse monthly, for niddah, after marriage, was a foregone conclusion that did not even require discussion.

I confess that I barely remember my first immersion, which was the night before my wedding. I recall meticulously running down the checklist of preparations, worrying that I forgot something and that I wasn’t clean enough. My next memory is of emerging from the mikveh itself, underwhelmed. Was there something wrong with me?

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