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What is a Mikvah?
A. The word "Mikvah" means "pool," as in a collection or gathering together of something to one place. In Judaism, Mikvah refers to a...

What is Family Purity?
A. When it comes to the human psyche it is difficult to think of something more powerful than intimacy. What is the nature of that power; does it control...

What is the Jewish system for divorce?
Unless you're in an abusive relationship, most rabbis will suggest marriage counseling and whatever other methods to try to keep the marriage together....

What is yibum?
A. Yibum (pronounced YEE-boom) is Positive Mitzvah #216. B. In the Torah’s terminology, a yavam (pronounced YAH-vahm) is a brother-in-law, and...

What is chalitzah?
A. Chalitzah (pronounced khah-LEE-tzah) means "detachment" or "removal" in Hebrew. It is the shoe-removal ceremony relieving a...

What is meant by "pure" and "impure"?
A. “Purity” and “impurity” are the wrong words for the concept—it’s “positive” and “negative.”...

Can a divorced couple remarry each other?
Not only is it permitted, it is considered a mitzvah to remarry a divorced spouse.  There are two exceptions to this rule: 1) A Kohen may not...

Did baptism originate with the Jews?
Well, it isn't called baptism, but the idea of immersing in a body of water is certainly in Judaism. It has many applications. The primary one is that...

How do I find a nice Jewish girl/guy?
Funny you ask—a lot of people have been asking that question. Firstly, ask yourself: am I looking for whatever rocks my world? Whoever crosses my...

How much water do you need in a mikvah?
Immersion in a mikvah must be total and all-encompassing. The entire body must be submerged at one time in the water. The mikvah must therefore be at...

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