“Mikvah: Splish Splash Is It a Jewish Bath?” Ep. 6, Season 2

What is a mikvah? Who goes to it and why?

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  • Avatar Rise Of Slimer says on August 8, 2012

    If pregnancy elevates women spiritually, how come they go to the mikvah after giving birth?

    • Avatar Allison says on August 8, 2012

      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!

    • Avatar Elijah Ellis says on January 8, 2020

      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.

  • Avatar Devora says on August 8, 2012

    Beautiful Mikva. This was a very cute video.

  • Avatar Jen says on August 9, 2012

    What a lovely Mikvah! Once again, great job!

  • Avatar Tzippy says on August 10, 2012

    great blend of humor, information, clarity, and inspiration! Once again, you did a fantastic job!

  • Avatar Jen says on August 20, 2012

    Thank you for this wonderful video! I will be sharing with friends to help explain this beautiful process 🙂

  • Avatar Charlotte says on December 6, 2012

    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!

  • Avatar moshe says on April 7, 2013

    What a moving presentation of mikvah. I cried at the “I do” recitation. Keep up the good work you are doing

  • Avatar Rosey says on August 15, 2013

    I cried! Thank you!

    • Avatar Sarah says on November 24, 2014

      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?

      • Avatar Allison Josephs says on November 24, 2014

        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.

  • How Do Hasidic Jews Curl Their Sidelocks? - Jew in the City says on May 15, 2019

    […] (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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