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 to burn out. There are times I feel exhausted, depleted, and even hopeless. Mayyim Hayyim reminds me to slow down and take time to revive my spirit so I can continue the work of helping others.
I remember when Mayyim Hayyim was just a twinkle in my mother’s eye (literally). She had a vision for something beautiful, meaningful, and important. That felt transformational to me, even as a teenager. As an adult, with a different relationship to the world, it still feels transformational, perhaps even more so.
Fourteen years and 19,000 immersions later, Mayyim Hayyim has become an important part of tikkun olam, the Jewish obligation of repairing the world. I am particularly moved by the words of my friend, Rabbi Bryan Mann, who wrote in the Mayyim Hayyim guestbook:
“I came to immerse after standing with a group of clergy against white supremacy in Charlottesville during the “Unite the Right” march. I have never experienced trauma like this before and am so grateful Mayyim Hayyim could offer a space to begin the healing process. Thank you so much. Thank you feels so insufficient for my level of gratitude.”
Mayyim Hayyim provides respite for justice-seekers. It also provides a vision of the world as it should be: people from all walks of life are embraced, treated with dignity, and given an opportunity to heal and refresh.
Join me in supporting Mayyim Hayyim in this High Holiday season. Your gift allows Mayyim Hayyim to continue to be a source of renewal and a beacon of hope in a challenging world.