Deep breath. Ok, made it. It’s over. Another one down. Ok, out of the water, pat-pat-pat, throw the towel down folded up, don’t look. Clothes on without looking, keep eyes straight ahead as you put your socks on. Check. So far so good. Now the tricky part getting the mascara on without looking at your eyes, blink so it gets everywhere so no shailos later. Getting good at putting on lip liner while keeping your eyes focused on anything but your lips. You’re almost there. Almost safe. Ok, throw on the tichel. [Read more…]
In Judaism, the archetype of prayer is Hana, a barren woman praying for a child. But since my infertility diagnosis, my lips have fallen silent.
It’s not that I no longer believe in God, or even that I’m angry at Him. I’m not bothered by the question of why I’m struggling to conceive. As a religious Jew, I believe there will be times I don’t understand God’s reasons. This is one of those times. [Read more…]
Several questions regarding the timing of woman’s tevila arise when she has to go to the mikvah during Chanukah: What what takes precedence; candle lighting or immersing in the mikvah? Does candle lighting affect when she prepares for the mikvah? And how can she juggle these obligations with the parties and other goings-on?
We will look briefly look at each of these issues:
Chanukah candles are ideally lit as soon as nightfall begins in order to fulfill the condition of parsumei nissa (publicizing the miracle) while people are still outside. This is explained by the Tur and Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim תרעב:א) as the end of sunset, or tzeit hakochavim, although many Rishonim rule that candles may be lit at the beginning of sunset (see Mishnah Berurah 1, and Be’ur Halacha). Whether at the beginning or end of sunset, it is clear that one should ideally light Chanukah candles early in the night — though lighting anytime in the night is valid bediavad (Shulchan Aruch 2). Hence you should light candles before going to the mikvah, even if your usual minhag (custom) is to immerse as soon as possible, so as to fulfill the mitzva of ner Chanukah in its most ideal form, while not diminishing from the tevila. [Read more…]
Can a woman get a vaginal yeast infection from using the mikveh? If so, what steps must be taken to prevent this from happening?
We are posting about this issues since we have received this question many times, though the answer is not definitive.
The vaginal area contains a natural system of checks and balances between yeast and good bacteria. When the good bacteria decreases, a fungus called candida can increase and this causes a yeast infection (called Candidiasis). This imbalance and the rise of candida is often due to the use of antibiotics or other medical issues. Generally, yeast infections are not transferred from one person to another, but rather are caused by internal changes in the flora.
However, we have received reports from women that infections are more common when they go to certain mikvaot than others.
So can the mikveh cause an imbalance and therefore lead to a yeast infection? [Read more…]
We are elated to share with you an immense accomplishment which we are proud to be a part of!
For the past 6 years The Eden Center has played a leading role in promoting the importance of mikveh attendants receiving training in a broad range of topics concerning women’s health, well-being, communication and sensitivity skills. We have worked hard to provide professional development for attendants, slowly reshaping the focus to include issues of mental, physical and emotional health, and how the mikveh can become a more supportive space for every woman.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs recently released updated regulations for the training and hiring of new mikveh attendants employed by the State of Israel. We are thrilled to share that these new criteria adopted our recommendations in full and made women’s health and crisis topics a mandated part of the training for all future mikveh attendants in Israel, thus changing the very definition of what it means to be a mikveh attendant!
We celebrate this accomplishment together with you and thank you for your continued support. You are our partners in bringing about this revolutionary change and we look forward to continuing this work together!