Words of Reflection, Hope, and Healing

In the midst of our month-long series honoring National Domestic Abuse Awareness month, we offer you a selection of quotes from our guest books.  These words of reflection, hope, and healing have been left for you to read by our visitors:


“This was my first experience immersing in a mikveh, and it will take me a while to fully reflect and feel what beauty and meaning I have finally given to myself. I am a 41-year-old unmarried woman who did not feel “allowed” to use a mikveh until before marriage. Several nights ago, I put into action a deep longing and wish—very 21st century; using the internet to make an appointment- a wish as old as the Jewish people. To cleanse myself and prepare myself for G-d, to heal emotional wounds, to stand as a woman and as a Jew- even if unmarried- and to bless myself and Klal Yisrael [the community of Israel] through the wonder that is the experience of mikveh.”

“Thank you so much for this opportunity that otherwise I never would have had. The preparation was amazing – I felt beautiful in my own body, and able to pray in a way I felt comfortable. The guide was incredibly welcoming and even though I was nervous in the water I felt warm and comforted. I feel clean and renewed, ready to face the next step in my Jewish life.”

“Feeling the embrace of the water was one of the most incredible, moving experiences I have ever had.  The space was totally conducive to ushering my children and me into the rest of our lives, without their father.  I was able to flow with sadness and empathy and joy and grief and anger and more joy in the water.  And the space surrounding us – including the way it sounded when we sang together.  I am deeply moved.  Thank you so much.”


  • Mayyim Hayyim currently has limited availability for immersions while we undergo construction to repair damage incurred to the building following the extreme cold on February 4. We will be updating this page periodically with new information. To support our repairs, click here to donate.