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The Mikvah - Purifying Waters of Life

By Eliyahu Shear | Submitted On February 03, 2009


Imagine the world before creation... the Spirit of G-d hovered over the face of the waters. A topsy turvy world flooded with water, the source of life. G-d brings light into the world... and darkness. He separates the waters and the dry land is seen. It is here where creation takes places. Life comes into the world. Even the dry earth is filled with a sense of life - or else it would be non-existent. The plants grow, the animals move, and man speaks.

None will survive without the waters, the very essence of all creation. Inside those waters rest a stillness, a purity of G-dliness. Without these waters, life ends. But the waters have been separated, and it seems we mostly associate them with the fluid that enters our body - that it is only here where life exists. Yet, in truth, we look upon that same fluid as the very element to bring comfort to ourselves, whether it be through taking a bath, a shower, a swim in the pool or in the sea itself.

Not for nothing do these waters bring life to the soul inside the body - and to the body itself as it becomes refreshed and rejuvenated through being in contact with them. It is from them that all life began.

And G-d separated these waters into four main channels - and a river flowed out from Eden. That place of absolute purity, of absolute goodness and kindness, that place of heaven on earth. And through these waters, the rest of the world has some contact with the original waters originating in Eden itself.

When those waters gather of their own accord without any human intervention, into a specific sized vessel inside the ground itself, they become known as a Mikvah - a place used for the "purification" of every married Jewish woman once a month. She enters these waters after experiencing a "loss" of life some 12 days before. It is by no means a physical purity which she seeks, nor did she do anything consciously wrong to need these holy waters. Through the mystical process related directly to the concept of conception, and having lost the opportunity (often by no choice of her own) of conceiving a child, a spiritual "impurity" rests upon her. She must remove this through re-entering the womb of life itself. She enters the waters in the ground, covering her naked body completely - not even one hair of her head remains above the water, and then renews herself (through the mystical process of the Mikvah) as a baby leaving the womb filled with water around it. But more, she unites with the original water that lies in the Garden of Eden itself.

It is not something to be taken lightly, for every Jewish woman must spend much time and money in being able to fulfill this Mitzvah - this commandment. It is a most precious one, that ultimately brings into the world holy Jewish souls. Souls that will enter bodies - to bring goodness and kindness to this world.

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The author - Rabbi Eliyahu Shear - is happy to be in touch with all those sincerely interested in learning more about Judaism and Torah and can be contacted through his main page or his blog (info available on main webpage.) He is involved in Torah learning as well as Torah teaching both in person, and through using Internet technologies to those situated away from him. He loves both the revealed and the hidden (Kabbalah and Chassidut) aspects of Torah. He is also a professional photographer, photographing weddings and events as well as having an online photo store.

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