This Friday night and Saturday is Yom Kippur. For many, Yom Kippur is a day defined by fasting, while for others, it is a day of prayer. However, according to the great Rabbi Akiva, Yom Kippur is best described as a mikveh, and ‘just as the mikveh purifies the unclean, so God purifies Israel’ (Mishna Yoma 8:9).
This insight of Rabbi Akiva provides us with some powerful imagery and thinking of Yom Kippur as a Mikveh can truly transform the way we perceive our Yom Kippur experience. [Read more…]