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In Judaism, spiritual purity is a desirable factor. This has nothing to do with hygiene and personal cleanliness; it is a spiritual state called taharah—what we will call “purity.” The opposite of taharah is tumah, which we call “impurity.” But the truth ...
Living Waters
Niddah is the period following menstruation, when a Jewish couple separates. After the wife has immersed in the mikvah, they come together again.
The laws of marital relations create a context for spiritual development
The laws of marital relations create a context for spiritual development
We cannot logically understand the Divine laws of niddah and Family Purity, but we can try to understand them spiritually.
The year is the same, the days are the same, but the months are different. It is a time quite individual—created by G‑d especially for me . . .
In recent decades, mikvahs have become increasingly beautiful, offering a serene and enjoyable experience.
One never knows the twists and turns that life can bring—the chance meetings that turn into lifelong friendships and opportunities beyond measure.
We quickly realized that the water wasn’t hot. We filled it anyway, hoping that it would at least become lukewarm. Butit was not to be.
Just as a woman prepares herself carefully to immerse in a mikvah, I, too, prepare myself. I consciously clear my mind, stepping into a place that is completely outside of “me.”
On the appointed evening, the Rebbetzin turned up in front of my house with the rabbi idling the van in the driver’s seat.
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