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Mikveh, the

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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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The thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Mem is the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet Numerical value: 40 Sound: "M" Meaning: 1. Water 2. Mashiach Story When the mikveh in Brownsville, N.Y. wanted to close its doors because of financial difficulties, my mother’s paternal great-grandfather...
The Jewish table is likened to an altar, its holiness compared to that of the Beit Hamikdash (the Holy Temple). Before dishes and utensils can be used in the kosher kitchen, they must acquire an additional measure of holiness which is conferred through th...
And these are the laws which you shall set before them… (21:1) "You shall set before them" - said the Almighty to Moses: do not say to yourself "I shall review each chapter and law with them two or three times until they are properly fluent in it, but I s...
Birth, coming of age, marriage, death … Judaism has celebrations and rituals associated with every major juncture in life.
“The gold and the silver, the copper, the iron, the tin and the lead... must be purified with mey nidah (the waters of sprinkling)... you shall pass [it] through water.” -Matot 31:22-23 This passage, proclaimed as the Jewish people were ready to enter the...
Another humid day: Humidity is fine if you're a young raindrop into water-weight training, pumping moisture. But once you're too muscular, you'll be on your own without a parachute. Then, at best, you might join a scenic river sailing out to sea, to see t...
Sources: Likkutei Sichos, Vol. IV, p. 1309; Vol. VI, p. 113; Vol. V, p. 57ff; Vol. XI, p. 5; Vol. XIX, pp. 280-281ff.; Sichos Shabbos Parshas Shemini, 5746 Once the Baal Shem Tov passed through a small village in Poland. To his dismay, he discovered there...
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