Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It happened to me

Surprise Visitors to the Mikvah

I decided to go to the mikvah a bit early in order to take my time,
 an attempt to make it "MY" time literally, to enjoy the quiet, without any distractions, to actually concentrate on me. 

I got the keys from the mikvah lady and went in to enjoy being alone with no pressure. 
I chose my favorite room, organized the necessary supplies, and let in a bath. After starting some preparations I went into a clean, hot tub to continue the preparations and do the necessary "soak". 

The almost surreal quiet was very abruptly interrupted by an even more surreal scene. Suddenly there was loud, violent knocking at the front door and shouts that reminded me of  a "B" rated movie..but in Hebrew. "OK everyone out, NOW! we know you're in there, you have to get out NOW, get moving!!" 
There I was naked in a bathtub, not even sure I locked the door and in a confused existential moment thought, maybe I'm dreaming or imagining things, after all the bath water was way too hot.
 But it started again...KNOCK..KNOCK..KNOCK ."OK, you have five minutes to clear out! There is a chafetz chashude (bomb scare??) next door!" 

Reluctantly and sheepishly I reached for a robe, but decided even this was not going to get lazy me back into clothes, and anyway by that time it would probably be over. 

So, I locked the front door, listened to the announcement on a loud speaker from next door, waited for the all clear sign and said Tehillim. 
Baruch Hashem all was well, false alarm, just in time for me to enjoy the aloneness another half an hour before the mikvah lady and other women began arriving. 

When the mikvah lady, a dear friend arrived, she was shocked that I was there and hadn't even left throughout all the commotion. I explained this was nothing compared to when the sirens went off during the Gulf War....I'll share that with you b"n another time!

Contributed by an experienced bomb scare survivor from northern Israel


Use of a bathtub has become accepted as an integral part of the hafifah (preparing for immersion) process; 
this is commendable since a bath is more effective in softening and removing dirt.
Excerpt from Family Purity by Rabbi F. Jacobs, reprinted with permission.

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Dwayne who?
Dwain the bathtub QUICK! I'm dwowning!

Friday, May 27, 2011


Bad hair day?

 If the wife did not inspect her body prior to immersion or comb her hair, 
even if she did so afterwards and found there to be no intervening substances whatsoever, nonetheless her immersion is invalid. 
If the night passed, however, an orthodox Rabbi expert in these laws should be consulted.  
Excerpt from Family Purity by Rabbi F. Jacobs, reprinted with permission.

Try listening to this soulful, soothing music by Moshe Kravitsky, before making your preparations. Maybe it will help your concentration so you won't forget anything.

Taken with permission and gratitude from Chabad.org

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Mikvah day is not the best time to try out a new challah recipe!

 Prior to immersion in the mikvah, the entire body and hair is carefully washed and examined for intervening foreign substances. This is to ensure that no intervening substances which could invalidate the immersion are present on the woman’s body.
Excerpt from Family Purity by Rabbi F. Jacobs, reprinted with permission.

" I had spent the early part of the day preparing my body for immersion. 
Filing, trimming, scrubbing, soaking, combing, and inspecting, 
I realized that this was the first time I had ever spent such concentrated time focused on my body
Yet, inherent in this moment of complete physical absorption was a palpably electric surge I felt run through me as I connected, for the first time, the spiritual and physical aspects of myself."
by Roni Leob Richter

Excerpted with permission from Chabad.org


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