Monthly Archives: November 2013

Entering the Covenant of her Mothers

by Terri Ash In one of his seminal works, The Lonely Man of Faith, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soleveitchik speaks of a Covenantal Man. This is the Adam of the second creation story in Genesis. As a Jew, that phrasing has always … Continue reading

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Chanukah Presence

by Robin Weintraub A few weeks ago, I became the new Mikveh Center Coordinator.  Into the mikveh I jumped with both feet (only figuratively, of course; Mayyim Hayyim and, incidentally, the Rambam advise against actually jumping into the mikveh).  Much to … Continue reading

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Safe, Seen and Sanctified

by Ari Lev Fornari  One of my favorite facts about a mikveh is that the water cannot mekabel tumah, it cannot become ritually impure. Which is to say, it can’t be tainted or contaminated. Not even by a pig, the living … Continue reading

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by Lisa Berman, Director of Education  Recently I had the opportunity to talk about Mayyim Hayyim and mikveh to a group of senior citizens, residents of the lovely Golda Meir House, just a few doors down from our organizational home … Continue reading

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Tikvah (Hope) in the Mikveh

by Rabbi Ilana C. Garber While it hasn’t always been easy, I’ve spent most of my married life attending the local mikveh in my small town.  It’s not as beautiful as Mayyim Hayyim, but the warm waters and kind mikveh guide … Continue reading

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The Stories of Our Work

by Carrie Bornstein It’s been a while since I’ve written about one of my favorite topics: social media. When we began this blog in 2010 we knew we had lots of stories to share. For those of us lucky enough … Continue reading

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With the Calmness of Abraham

Rabbi Rachel Silverman is the Rabbi for Congregational Learning at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline.  The following is an excerpt from the story I shared with my congregation on Rosh Hashanah. The full text of the sermon can be found … Continue reading

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