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"CHANAH" - The Woman's Three Mitzvahs

Both man and woman are obliged to fulfill G-d's mitzvahs (precepts). The man is obligated to perform all 613 commandments. The woman, on the other...

Entering the Mikvah: A Personal Account

It was as scary as anything I'd ever done, and I wasn't sure why. As a Reform Jew, my sense of being commanded by G-d does not come with a set of...

Illuminating the reasons behind Jewish Law

Not infrequently we come across interpretations of Torah precepts in the light of rational thought and scientific discoveries. There has been a division...

Love, Marriage and Mikvah

Before we discuss Jewish insights into the very private world of intimacy, we need to free ourselves of some non-Jewish notions about the topic. The...

Living Mikvah

There is nothing more holy in this world, nothing more precious to its Creator, than the union of a man and a woman. It is, after all, the fountain of...

Family Purity: Inner Meanings

The laws of Taharat Hamishpachah (Family Purity) are an integral part of our religious faith and stemming as they do from our Torah, are not always fully...

A Feminist on Mikvah: An interview with Rivkah Slonim

Interviewed by Janice Lochansky Q: Let's tackle the question of sexism first; do you sincerely feel that there is no sexism in Jewish life? Slonim: It...

Why should I go to the Mikvah?

Immersion in the mikvah is a biblical commandment of the hightest ordinance, equated with mitzvahs such as Kosher and Shabbat. Immersion is also a way of...

What is special about the water in a Mikvah?

Water is the primary source of all living things. It has the power to purify, to restore and replenish life. A mikvah must be filled with living waters...

What blessing is recited upon immersing in a mikvah?

The following blessing is said by a woman who is immersing at the conclusion of her menstrual cycle1: Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam...