Jenny is a dear friend and a leader in the community in issues relating to Judaism and sexuality. Her work as a scholar and educator is an immense asset to the Orthodox community and I fully agree and wholeheartedly with her sentiments offered here. I wish only to present an approach to the issue at hand from a slightly different perspective. For almost a decade I have taught what are commonly known as “kallah classes” on a one-on-one basis to a significant number of women in preparation for marriage. [Read more…]
The second time I ever went to the Mikveh stands out in my mind. I was nervous and hesitant and felt like a vulnerable novice. Would I bump into someone I knew on the way? Would I remember what to do? Would it be awkward if I recognized someone in the waiting area? Anxiously, I entered what I was only half certain was the entrance to the mikveh. [Read more…]
MK Aliza Lavie and ITIM have put forward a bill in the Knesset that will make it illegal for mikveh attendants to question women about their religious practice (see http://www.jpost.com/
In October we hosted a fascinating evening** with Einat Kapach reviewing films that raise the subject of mikveh. We saw how women on screen raise mikveh and family purity to examine other important junctures in their lives. This article (in Hebrew) describes the evening, and how the featured movies weave between the personal, intimate reality of mikveh immersion, and the voyeuristic, provocative medium of cinema.
For the full article: http://www.mishelach.co.il
**On October 23rd, Einat Kapach, a director and teacher at the Ma’aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts (http://www.maale.co.il/), led a public program that explored the portrayal of mikveh in a range of Israeli films. Kapach chose a group of films that tell stories about Jewish women’s lives, to be followed by a group discussion. By presenting the intimate topics of taharat hamishpacha and mikveh on the screen, the creators of the films seek to raise questions and start discussions about the role of halacha in daily life, both mundane and extraordinary. The films bring to the fore questions about the spiritual meaning of mikveh, the role of mikveh in the relationships between husbands and wives, and new movements for the renewal of mikveh use.
To wet your appetite, check out this film clip portraying a couple’s relationship as the wife prepares to go to the mikveh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YATzWG8-KnA