Tag Archives: transition

An Unconventional Bar Mitzvah: Every Child Deserves to be Celebrated

by Susan Arndt It’s hard to believe we just celebrated my son’s Bar Mitzvah.  Zachary was born a beautiful healthy baby, but at the age of sixteen months, he started having seizures.  Over the years, with all of the challenges he … Continue reading

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by A. Fox In my parents’ home back in St. Paul, Minnesota, I used to tiptoe into the bathroom late at night, lock the door behind me, put a towel in the door’s crack and turn off the lights. I knew how many … Continue reading

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Transitioning into Fall

by Rachel CaraDonna, Mayyim Hayyim Development Intern Summer is transitioning quickly into fall; the air is becoming noticeably crisp and the leaves are beginning to change. The season known best in New England brings along the classic activities and foods … Continue reading

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The Joy On the Other Side of The Door

by Rabbi Sandi Intraub, Mikveh Guide   Zeh Hayom Asah Adonai Negilah v’nismichah bo, “This is the day that God has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). It was indeed a moment of rejoicing when … Continue reading

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Together in Our Separateness

by Jessica Lang Kosa   My daughter Evelyn was born underwater.  Soon afterwards, we collected rainwater for her naming ceremony, and washed her feet in living water as we welcomed her to family and community.  Three years later, the two … Continue reading

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Hurrying to Greet an Old Friend: My Second Dip at Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh

by Laura Seide, Former Mayyim Hayyim Intern There was a marked difference between my first dip and my second.  Preparing for my first dip, I took my time. I wanted to make sure I did everything right. I was nervous; … Continue reading

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The Water Makes Us Malleable: My Bridal Mikveh

by Britni de la Cretaz When we were beginning to plan our wedding, Ben and I began researching Jewish wedding traditions to see which ones felt meaningful to us. We were both raised Jewish and we were both bar mitzvahed … Continue reading

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