Monthly Archives: July 2013

We Are Water Striders

by Donna Vatnick   Water saturates the soil, balms the sky, fills the seas, and swirls between our fingers as we wash our hands before meals. This perfect transparence, a beautiful reflection of the world around us, exists in water. … Continue reading

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A Welcoming Space

by: Mayyim Hayyim Staff It’s not often that young people immerse at Mayyim Hayyim for reasons other than conversion or B’nai Mitzvah.  We are however, thrilled to see a renewed interest in immersion as preparation for Shabbat.  For the past … 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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Isn’t It Ironic?

By Lisa Berman, Paula Brody & Family Education Center Director at Mayyim Hayyim   “Irony: an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.” “Isn’t it ironic” sang Alanis Morissette. Many have pointed out that Alanis’ … Continue reading

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Finally, Finally Jewish

by Maya Bery   I stand in front of the mikveh with my rabbi’s arm around me. He has brought me here in my final moments as a non-Jew to give me a bracha, a blessing with which to begin … Continue reading

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Flab, Jiggles, and Back-Fat: Learning to Love my Post-Partum Body

by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director There’s nothing that lowers one’s body image quite like giving birth. Within a matter of hours, I felt like my body went from its cutest, most beautiful form to its least attractive possible form. I … 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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