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Mikveh, the: (lit. "collection or gathering [of water]"); ritual bathing pool in which a person immerses himself as part of the transition to ritual purity
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For most women, heading to the mikvah – the ritual bath that lies at the heart of Jewish family purity laws – does not involve surprise encounters with wild animals, traipsing through three-feet of snow or hacking through a frozen river in subzero tempera...
With World War II and assimilation raging, Wellington ritual bath was a ‘matter of life and death’
With World War II and assimilation raging, Wellington ritual bath was a ‘matter of life and death’.
City’s first ritual bath in 90 years a certain sign of Jewish revival
The Jewish community of Astrakhan has roots that go back to the dawn of recorded history in Eastern Europe. Situated near the salt mines of Lake Baskunchak, northwest of the Caspian Sea in the southernmost reaches of Russia, Astrakhan has experienced the ...
Ritual bath to accommodate a thriving Jewish community
Local dignitaries, Jewish community members and others gathered on March 31 for the grand opening of the first-ever mikvah on the Korean Peninsula. Among those who attended the event were U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Harry B. Harris and U.S. A...
Business and tourism make for a growing Jewish presence in Seoul
Binah Messinger was faced with a unique challenge when her husband, Capt. Joseph Messinger, a U.S. Army chaplain, was stationed in South Korea. With no ritual bath or mikvah on the Korean peninsula, observing the laws of taharat hamishpachah, or Jewish fa...
Community once used stone shelters just steps from the sea
Since Phoenician traders landed on its breathtaking shores nearly 3,000 years ago, the 122-square-mile cluster of Mediterranean islands that make up the European nation of Malta has had a rich and varied Jewish past. Jewish exiles landed on its shores in ...
From holy Safed to the polluted Gowanus Canal to a commission in pristine Newfoundland
The spaces that house mikvahs have a plethora of different aesthetics, ranging from the bare bones functionality of a European shtetl to an opulent spa at the Four Seasons. But after spending a summer in Israel in which she visited many ancient and histor...
Enabling more women to perform an essential mitzvah
Growing up, recalls Rivka, a resident of Southeast Florida, “my father, who never imagined I would one day become Orthodox, said: ‘There are two groups of people you can always count on in this world: Firemen and Chabad rabbis.’ ” While she hopefully will...
The historic Yiddish-speaking city to celebrate 20 years of renewal and revival
The first-ever public mikvah is currently under construction in the famous Yiddish-speaking city of Birobidzhan in Russia’s Far East. It’s being built in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the revival of the Jewish community in the capital of the Jew...
Ritual bath is another sign of increased Jewish observance in and around Merrick, N.Y.
Cindy Knoll, her husband Lawrence and their three grown children welcomed “Mikvah Mei Leah” when its doors opened at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Merrick, N.Y. Knoll, who has been involved with the Jewish center since its establishment a decade ag...
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