What is a mikvah? Who goes to it and why?
Allison is the Founder and Director of Jew in the City. Please find her full bio here.
If pregnancy elevates women spiritually, how come they go to the mikvah after giving birth?
Because they’re no longer carrying that extra life. The higher spiritual status comes from having an extra soul within their bodies. When the baby comes out, the status is lowered, hence a reason for another dip!
To be considered “clean” even the highest spiritual women were considered “unclean” while on their periods.Think Think about it this way even the priests in the wilderness had to be cleaned.
Beautiful Mikva. This was a very cute video.
What a lovely Mikvah! Once again, great job!
great blend of humor, information, clarity, and inspiration! Once again, you did a fantastic job!
Thank you for this wonderful video! I will be sharing with friends to help explain this beautiful process 🙂
Great video! I am in the process of converting and trying to move from my tiny town with no synagogue/mikveh to NYC to start officially with a rabbi. The mikveh is a hard thing to grasp if you can’t see one for yourself and be walked through it. This makes much more sense, and it sounds SO NICE. I’m now looking forward to it every month! Thanks, Allison!
What a moving presentation of mikvah. I cried at the “I do” recitation. Keep up the good work you are doing
I cried! Thank you!
A bit over the top, I think. Yes mikvah purifies, yes it perhaps makes one feel more spiritual, yes the complete separation may renew the physical side of marriage. But it fails to address the fact that this monthly ritual and renewal will no longer be possible or necessary once a woman is post menopausal. So perhaps a bit ageist?
Thanks for your comment, Sarah. It also doesn’t apply when pregnant (and in many cases nursing). I am not at this stage in my life yet but from 34 years old, this is what I’ve come up with. When you’re young and having babies and raising them, it is hard to carve out time for ANYTHING: intimate time together, spirituality, self. The mikvah is a small window each month where that time is a must, even if it’s brief.
So what are post-menopausal women to do? Perhaps it is the stage of life where prayer, learning, volunteering, hospitality can really be on the forefront. The woman finally has time to devote to herself and to giving to those outside her home.
[…] (affecting the couple’s ability to be intimate) and we have the ability to get rid of it with a mikvah alone (as opposed to requiring a sacrifice). Most other forms of ritual impurity make no difference […]
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