mikvah

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

(Originally posted on the Times of Israel). Going to the mikvah once a month is something that I have done for the most part of the last 20 years – minus the four times I…

The Birds and the Bees – Say it Ain’t So!

The Birds and the Bees – Say it Ain’t So!

I was eleven when I learned about sex. My classmates and I had snuck into an empty classroom at recess, and one of them had drawn diagrams on the chalkboard explaining what a daddy does…

Mikvah and the Single Girl

Mikvah and the Single Girl

I regularly get emails from all kinds of people asking me all kinds of questions. This one just popped into my FB mailbox. Hey HSM, Can you ask your people a question: What’s the deal…

Pretending to go to the Mikvah

Pretending to go to the Mikvah

To take a side step from my review of Unorthodox for a moment, in her book Feldman mentions that toward the end of her marriage she would pretend to go the mikvah, instead of actually…

The Celebration of Menstruation??

The Celebration of Menstruation??

OK, so there was this post on Jewrotica (I read ‘em all) talking from a male perspective about how thrilled this guy is when his wife is menstruating, because it gives them pause to examine…

The Chore of Mikvah

The Chore of Mikvah

I used to enjoy going to the mikvah. I used to enjoy the whole spirituality of the evening, the whole build-up to a romantic evening with my husband after days and days of separation. Then…

Mikvah – Wonderful Explanation

Excellent video explanation on the whys and wherefores of mikvah. Awesome job Jew In The City! Glad to have been a (small) part of this project!

Single women should be allowed to use Mikvah

This article “let single women immerse in mikvah” discusses whether all Israeli mikvahs should allow ANY woman, regardless of marital status, to immerse herself in the holy waters. This all came about because of a…

Mikvah Question

We took a selection of kids to Chuck E Cheese yesterday to play on the machines. Don’t get me started on the appropriate-ness of it all – I already discussed that over here. When you…

What would you have done?

So there was a huge snow storm here this week. I got this email today: ….I heard that women who needed to go to the mikveh Sunday night [during the storm] called up Hatzolah and…

The Art of Beginning Again – Spiritual Waters

The mikvah is a necessary part of a religious married woman’s life. I must admit to loving the whole idea of ritual purification, of being spiritually cleansed so that I can “be” with my spouse…

No talking after mikvah?

From Hashkafa.com Ever hear of a practice/minhag/shtick of not talking after mikvah until she gets home to husband? I assume it’s a spinoff of sorts from the very real issue of seeing/greeting a nonkosher person….