It was a dark summer night as I stood at the lake preparing for my “mikveh” immersion. It is complicated to immerse when in summer camp; having to make my way to the lake with a friend who will witness my immersion and ensure my safety, but there is also something exciting about immersing in the fresh waters. Checking my body (iyun) before immersion takes on a whole new perspective when there are no lights and mirrors. It’s a challenging but exciting way of keeping hilkhot Taharat Hamishpacha.
That night, in accordance with halakha, I used my hands in a whole new way– really feeling every inch of my body to make sure that the examination would fully adhere to the halakha for immersion.
That’s when I felt it.
A small lump.
One that I didn’t remember being there the last time I had checked my breasts on a mikveh night. [Read more…]