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

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 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...

Do men go to the mikvah too?
The laws of purity and impurity apply to men and women equally. In the times when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem it was Biblically required of...

Can I take a shower after immersing in the mikvah?
In Mishnaic times, it was very difficult to find in Israel a mikvah of clean kosher rain water during the dry summer season. Thus it became common...

How is a Mikvah built?
The laws of mikvah are numerous and complex. (There are rabbis and architects that specialize in this field). In the following lines I will try to...

How soon after birth can sexual relations be resumed?
The Torah says1 that marital relations are forbidden for one week after giving birth to a boy and after two weeks after a girl. After that...

Will mikvah make my marriage better?
The nature of all living entities involves renewal, movement, and change. Species of birds migrate, trees change with the seasons, tissues regenerate, and...

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