The Eden Center’s blog brings women’s voices to the fore discussing mikveh, women’s health, intimacy and more.

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We love to raise awareness and present various voices on topics related to The Eden Center mission.  Below are an array of blogs on mikveh, sexuality, marriage, women’s health, body image, parenting, and Taharat Hamishpacha.

This blog invites readers to submit their experience with mikveh and the laws of niddah in order to raise awareness to the range of feelings and experiences in the community. The Eden Center does not endorse positions stated in blogs, but allows authors’ voices to be heard on this platform.

We value your feedback and submissions.

“There was nothing wrong with me”

By |August 23, 2022|

I got engaged 14 years ago. From our first date to the wedding day was only 3 months. While I carry shame for all the mistakes I made along the way, I also am now able to question the role others played in my journey.  When I was [...]

Intimacy on Mikveh Night

By |August 16, 2022|

We say that mikveh night is like a renewal of marriage. It's a time where we start again, recommit ourselves, and come together as a couple - just like at our wedding. It's a beautiful idea that each cycle we return to being the young chatan and kallah. [...]

I’m Not a Virgin

By |July 5, 2022|

I didn't know how to phrase it. "I'm not a virgin" I muttered in the end.  I grew up in what I would define begrudgingly as a modern yeshivish or machmir modern orthodox community in New York. I was educated in girl schools that were in line with [...]

Stitching a Chatzitza

By |June 22, 2022|

A few weeks ago, I posted to the Facebook group “God Save Us From Your Opinion: A Place For Serious Discussion of Judaism”:- I'm a nurse who works in an emergency clinic. Yesterday a patient came in with a cut between her thumb and index finger, she needed [...]

Your Mikveh, Your Time

By |June 13, 2022|

Dear Woman, Your mikveh experience is your time. It can be a time where you connect with yourself, your spirituality and your husband. Many women think of mikveh as a means to an end, a walkway that you must walk through on the way to intimacy. But really, [...]

A Full Cycle – Chuppat Niddah

By |June 7, 2022|

When I was 7 years old, I was the quiet one. I used to hang out with my friends and cousins, and I would always be the reliable “gatekeeper” of the stories and secrets that they would tell me. That year was a close relative’s wedding. All the [...]

Stand Up and Count

By |June 1, 2022|

By: Karen Miller Jackson   As we approach Shavuot, we end the period of Sefirat HaOmer, the formal counting of the days from Pesach to Shavuot. The Torah source for Sefirat HaOmer is found in Parshat Emor וספרתם לכם ממחרת השבת מיום הביאכם את עמר התנופה שבע שבתות [...]

Updating Your Carrier Screening

By |May 17, 2022|

By: Estie Rose Sitting around my friends’ Shabbat tables and meeting new people, the conversation inevitably goes to “do you work outside the home?” When I tell people that I am a genetic counselor for JScreen, I almost always get to learn about their carrier screening history. I [...]

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