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Ten misconceptions about mikveh

Ten misconceptions about mikveh

The fundamental laws of mikveh derive from part of a single verse in this week’s Torah portion: “Only a wellspring and a pit, a gathering of water, will purify . . . ” (Lev. 11:36).

There are ten misconceptions about a mikveh’s uses, users, makeup, costs and relation to cleanliness.

Misconception 1: The mikveh cleanses a dirty person.

It’s just the opposite. An immersion in a mikveh is invalid if even the tiniest piece of dirt adheres to the body. Nothing may intervene between the immersee and the mikveh water.

Misconception 2: A mikveh must be sparkling clean.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 March 2014 03:26 )

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Each generation has its story

What constitutes a generation? Robert Wohl probes this question in his book, The Generation of 1914. Through observing the mostly middle class of five European nations, the French, German, British, Spanish and Italian, Wohl raises awareness about the complexity and consciousness of what makes a generation. There is a famous debate between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon ben Azzai. Which verse in the Torah is the guiding principle of Judaism? According to Rabbi Akiva it is the golden rule:” Love ...
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It’s all a matter of perspective

It’s all a matter of perspectiveThe story goes that in medieval Europe two people were laying bricks, and were asked, “what are you doing?” One said, “I’m laying bricks, can’t you see?” The other said, “I’m building a cathedral.” Back in the 1970s, at the beginning of feminism, a woman’s work in the home was demeaned and a woman’s career in the marketplace was esteemed. Leaving aside that things turned out to be rather more complicated, the work that a woman (or man) performs is appraised from the persp...
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It takes two wings to fly

It takes two wings to flyHOLINESS comes in two’s. I first became aware of this in reference to Shabbos. But I became doubly aware (if that’s not a redundancy) last week as our son and daughter-in-law, Rabbi Mattis and Batya Goldberg, had twin daughters in Israel! Holiness in two’s, indeed. Rachel and Hannah, each around six pounds (about half the size of the other Israeli Goldberg babies), are a double blessing, eliciting a quadruple dose of gratitude (and that’s not a redundancy). The two’s of Shabbos: Two...
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A ‘potluck’ Purim

I have never smoked pot nor experimented with any other drug and am certainly against promoting recreational drugs of all kinds. And I confess this is not your average family friendly idea. But with Purim around the corner, and mishloach manot (Purim baskets) having sort of become an opportunity at creativity, corny humor, or drawing on current events for humorous inspiration, the recent legalization here in Denver of marijuana is a goldmine. A “pot luck” Purim meal (seudah). With pot roast...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:44 )

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