Rising from the Ritual Bath
Reimagining the traditional practice of immersing in the mikveh.
Where will the practice of mikveh go in the future? How will Jews imagine purity and impurity, separation and togetherness? Many questions remain. Is mikveh a ritual that should be offered to adolescent girls as a source of spirituality? How might a couple who is not married but is sexually active relate to the practice of tumah and taharah? In what new and creative ways will men use mikveh? What kind of mikveh practice would two lesbians choose? How will Jewish law develop in this area? The options are varied and colorful. The future of this ancient practice is still unfolding. As Marge Piercy writes in her poem "Kaddish": "Time flows through us like water..." (The Art of Blessing The Day. Middlemarsh, 1999, p. 138).
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