It is G-d, not the water that purifies – Rachel Kochva
These words were delivered at the consecration of the refurbished mikveh in Migdal Oz on 4.4.17, with gratitude to all those who helped and worked tirelessly to improve the mikveh experience for the women of the kibbutz.
“ R. Akiva says: Fortunate are you O Israel! Before whom do you purify yourselves? [And] who purifies you? Your Father in Heaven! As it is said: ”I will sprinkle upon you pure water and you shall become purified” (Ezekiel 36:25), and it is further said: “The hope [[מקוה of Israel is the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:13), just as a mikvah purifies the defiled so too, does the Holy One Blessed is He, purify Israel.” (Yoma 8:9)
Immersing in the mikveh is a special and often complex and changing experience. [Read more…]