Monthly Archives: July 2012

Soaking it In

By Aliza Kline, Second to last post as Mayyim Hayyim’s Founding Executive Director Not everyone gets this kind of chance – to build from the ground up, then watch from afar, then come back to receive praise, and then to … Continue reading

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Tuned into Mikveh: Reflections from Mayyim Hayyim’s Oldest Immersees

By Harry and Elaine Wayne When we were planning our wedding 63 years ago, an Orthodox Jewish girlfriend gave us an engagement gift: a book explaining mikveh. The obvious purpose of the author was to encourage use of the mikveh … Continue reading

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Changing the World, One Bumper Sticker at a Time

By Julia Becker Collins, Director of Community Engagement I have often felt that much of my adult life has been about transitions.  In the past 13 years I have lived in 3 different states across the country, and with every … Continue reading

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Safety, Mikveh, and More

By Rabbi Gail Diamond A recent visit from Aliza Kline of Mayyim Hayyim to the Conservative Yeshiva in Israel brought up a kind of intense and weird nostalgia and homesickness in me. When Aliza arrived at my work, she called … Continue reading

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What’s Your Water Story?

By Lisa Berman, Paula Brody & Family Education Center Director at Mayyim Hayyim and “Cape Cod Girl” In a recent class at Mayyim Hayyim, I asked a group of adults to recount a memorable encounter they’d had with water – … Continue reading

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A Rabbi’s Dream Come True

By Rabbi Avi Poupko Sacraments are hard to come by in the Jewish tradition. By sacraments, I mean a ritual that is believed to actually be doing something. Our rituals are almost always understood, at least according to mainstream Jewish … Continue reading

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Getting the “Rich” out of “Ritual”

By Leah Hart Tennen, Mikveh Center Director When I was growing up in Jackon, Mississippi (yes, there are Jews in Mississippi—but not many), the only way to be involved in the Jewish community was to go to services and religious … Continue reading

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