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A Mikveh Guide and Board Member Muses on Immersion

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I felt like a fraud! Mayyim Hayyim’s mission speaks to me, it speaks loudly and it speaks clearly!  So, why had I never immersed? I have had the privilege of serving on the organization’s Board of Directors.  I have also taken the training to become a mikveh guide, and find those experiences of being witness […]

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The Mikveh Has Left the Building

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In a few weeks, tens of thousands of Jewish kids in North America will pack their bags, say goodbye to their families, and enter the alternate universe of Summer Camp. Campers absorb a great deal of their Jewish education in that universe, a place where many Jewish values take root.  I believe that summer camps […]

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Training a Male Mikveh Guide: a reflection

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As a Male Mikveh Guide you are about to embark on a marvelous journey through uncharted waters. You will become, with a little patients and practice, the “Mikveh Lady” for your male peers. During the first part of the training you will learn a great deal about the rules of contact between a man and […]

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How Did We Manage “to take out” Sex from the Mikveh?

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I was asked to write a blog as an anthropologist who had done work on Jewish Moroccan women, and to be personal and provocative, so here we go!  The first image that came to my mind, is that of Ruth, one of my informants who told me, in the 1980’s, that she would go to […]

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Hair

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The Mikveh Monologues (© 2005 Mayyim Hayyim) was created in 2004-2005 by internationally acclaimed author Anita Diamant and director Janet Buchwald. The play is based on interviews with men, women and children who marked a personal life transition by immersing in a mikveh. I had decided to immerse as part of my cleaning for Passover, as […]

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Unexpected Euphoria

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When my wife announced she was taking us to a mikveh to begin the celebration of my 50th birthday I was worried. Do men use mikvehs? Will I know what to do? Will I be held under water? Will I need to know Hebrew? Will it be awkward? Will I be quizzed about my support […]

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Beyond the Huppah

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Imagine it.  Ten couples sitting around a table, munching on Terra Chips, hummus and carrots, mixed nuts and Peanut M&M’s; some engaged to be married, some already married, in their late 20’s and older, gay and straight, Jewish-Jewish and interfaith, and all interested in raising Jewish children.  They want to start their marriages on the […]

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Me and Mikveh? Are you Mashugga?

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The question is: how did a mikveh, a place that was alien to me most of life, become part of my life?  Like everyone’s personal story it can be long and complicated or it can be short and concise.  So here is the condensed version. My life is filled with twists and turns; it is […]

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Whole Presence, Holy Moments

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I recently served on the beit din for the conversion to Judaism of a German man whose parents had been members of the Nazi party. During our conversation, I bore witness to an amazing story. He had married a Jewish woman 20 years ago, and decided to convert prior to his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. As […]

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Amazing Neighbors

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Our wonderful neighbor, Rabbi Ben Shalva of Temple Reyyim, tells a wonderful story of his experiences with mikveh, immersion, and Mayyim Hayyim in his blog post, Amazing Neighbors. We are so touched, Ben, and so lucky to share a parking lot with you and your shul!

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