Carrie Bornstein

Yes, Mayim – We Do Need You

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The following originally appeared on kveller.com – read the full text here. by Carrie Bornstein It’s been a year since you wrote “Since My Divorce, I’m Missing the Mikveh,” and you know what, Mayim? You and I have a lot in common. OK – so I’m not a movie star. But I have watched Beaches approximately 517 times. That’s […]

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Impact

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by Carrie Bornstein Last week, Cindy shared how she found meaning at Mayyim Hayyim in 2004 after being turned away from her local mikveh when she told them she’d be marrying another woman. I was inspired by her words – but what struck me more was her willingness to give Mayyim Hayyim a chance when she so […]

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Adios, Lions.

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by Carrie Bornstein Growing up in New York, March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. Somehow here in Boston only 200 miles northeast, it’s as if I’m in a completely different climate. As much as I tried to deny it in all the years I’ve lived in the area, I’ve come […]

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A Tree in the Forest and a Girl in the Mikveh

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by Carrie Bornstein It’s been just over a year since I brought my 5-year old to the mikveh to prepare for becoming a double big sister.  Three weeks after that immersion, Jonah was born and our family adjusted to its new addition. The experience Ellie and I shared was powerful and I am grateful that […]

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What if Dinah had a Mikveh?

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by Carrie Bornstein In high school I spent six weeks in Israel, and snorkeled off the coast of Eilat.  There was something about being in the warm water, looking down, and seeing a glimpse of the world we never get to see. I had an intense feeling of being reduced to just a tiny speck […]

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2013: A Year of Mikveh Blogging

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by Carrie Bornstein 2013 was a good year for The Mikveh Lady Has Left the Building.  We published 99 new posts, and you (the collective “you”) viewed them nearly 31,000 times. The content was extraordinary, and varied.  We’ve categorized it by topic – just take a look on the righthand side of your screen to […]

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Two Mikveh Ladies Walk into the White House

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by Carrie Bornstein Chinese food. Movie theaters.  The culmination of a season’s worth of reminders about our minority status around every corner.  This year, I’m spending December 25th by telling you my Chanukah story (Christmas really fell out late this year, no?). So there I was, casually pulling a pile from my mailbox, when I […]

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Reaching Out Across the Abyss of Grief: Superman Sam

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by Carrie Bornstein My daughter is now 6 ½ years old. The same age as many of last year’s victims in the tragedy at Newtown.  In the week leading up to its anniversary, I found my mind pulled in all sorts of directions. Thinking about that awful day, imagining the families’ goodbyes on what seemed […]

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The Stories of Our Work

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by Carrie Bornstein It’s been a while since I’ve written about one of my favorite topics: social media. When we began this blog in 2010 we knew we had lots of stories to share. For those of us lucky enough to spend a good deal of time at Mayyim Hayyim, we’re inspired daily by people […]

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We Are All Part of the Problem

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by Carrie Bornstein Last week I attended Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community’s “Changing the Future, Now!” conference.  I entered the day feeling confident about our work in promoting gender equality; after all, for twelve years Mayyim Hayyim’s staff, board, and volunteers have primarily been women. But I was taken aback early on in […]

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Rosh Hashanah is the New Elul

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by Carrie Bornstein Every year I tell myself I’m going to immerse in the mikveh before Rosh Hashanah.  And every year, Rosh Hashanah sneaks up on me and I wonder how I can possibly set aside the time to make it happen.  Yes, I am aware that it takes approximately 7 seconds to get from […]

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The Onus is on the Community

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This post originally appeared on The Jewish Week’s “The New Normal: Blogging Disability“   by Carrie Bornstein   Larry had a problem. It was the winter of 2004 and he’d spent years dreaming of becoming a Jew.  Following many months of formal study he was ready to go before the beit din, the group of […]

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