National Network

What Does Learning Look Like with Rising Tide?

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network One of the values of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network is tz’micha / growth. To us, this means being committed to growth and to the process of continuous learning; individually, as organizations, and as communities. Earlier this month Rising Tide hosted […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Jewish Community, Shabbat and Holidays

New Year, New Exhibit, New Partnership

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by Rachel Eisen, Director of Annual Giving It’s always an exciting day when a new exhibit goes up in the Gallery @ Mayyim Hayyim. Since Mayyim Hayyim opened, our commitment to hiddur mitzvah, beautifying ritual life, has extended beyond the spa-like architecture and design of our mikveh pools and building. The principle of hiddur mitzvah […]

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Uncategorized

Date Night

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Originally published April 4, 2018 by Naomi Baine My husband and I go to the mikveh together. It may not be common, but for us, it’s great. Here’s why. We observe niddah, the practice of abstaining from sexual intimacy around the time of menstruation. The Torah forbids men from being intimate with women in a state […]

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Shabbat and Holidays

One Small Act

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Originally posted October 10, 2016 by Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director The wind swirls today. Is it here to strip us of our unwanted bits, to smooth our testy edges, to burnish the gems in our souls? It bends the trees, branches, and bowed heads. Can it bend us to our own wills, to […]

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Healing, Shabbat and Holidays

Never Ready

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education Each year, as Rosh Hashanah approaches I hear a lot of people say, “I don’t feel ready.” Or, “The chaggim (holidays) just came out of nowhere. Are they early this year?” I include myself in this Greek chorus. Amidst high holiday planning, schools start, traffic gets 90% worse, and […]

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The Deep Impact of Rising Tide

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By Steph Black It’s not often you can feel, in real time, pieces of your identity fall into place. Though I was apprehensive to attend, the Rising Tide Summer Gathering was invaluable for me as a person, as a Jew, and as a young woman. I was able to attend because of Naomi Malka, Director […]

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Shabbat and Holidays

How You Can Help Me Help Others

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By Emilia Diamant  Mayyim Hayyim is a vital resource for those who, like me, need time and space for the radical act of self-care. That is why, in this season of renewal, I’m asking you to join me in supporting Mayyim Hayyim’s commitment to healing. As together we endeavor to work toward justice, it is easy […]

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National Network, Special Events

A Meeting of Mikveh Minds

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network Imagine a bonfire in mid-August: a little bit muggy and damp, the smell of wood burning and bug spray, mixed with a hint of melting marshmallows and chocolate. While for many of us this might bring to mind memories of camp season or […]

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Niddah

Breaking Down the False Dichotomy

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By Sarah Zell Young Mayyim Hayyim’s Niddah Salon brought together women with diverse backgrounds who identify as Jewish to explore the relationship between themselves and Jewish text and tradition. Over the course of the year we studied Hilchot Niddah – the Jewish laws of family purity. It was not just a study of the text itself; the […]

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