Monthly Archives: April 2011

Training a Male Mikveh Guide: a reflection

As a Male Mikveh Guide you are about to embark on a marvelous journey through uncharted waters. You will become, with a little patients and practice, the “Mikveh Lady” for your male peers. During the first part of the training … Continue reading

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How Did We Manage “to take out” Sex from the Mikveh?

I was asked to write a blog as an anthropologist who had done work on Jewish Moroccan women, and to be personal and provocative, so here we go!  The first image that came to my mind, is that of Ruth, … Continue reading

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The Mikveh Monologues (© 2005 Mayyim Hayyim) was created in 2004-2005 by internationally acclaimed author Anita Diamant and director Janet Buchwald. The play is based on interviews with men, women and children who marked a personal life transition by immersing … Continue reading

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Unexpected Euphoria

When my wife announced she was taking us to a mikveh to begin the celebration of my 50th birthday I was worried. Do men use mikvehs? Will I know what to do? Will I be held under water? Will I … Continue reading

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Aliza Kline Reflects on Receiving the Nachshon Award

This coming May marks my 10th anniversary as the executive director of Mayyim Hayyim.  Last Sunday, we held our annual spring benefit, and along with showing films and honoring extraordinary people, Dr. Ellen and Dr. Ernie Kornmehl and Carol and … Continue reading

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