by Walton Clark, Office Assistant
Purim is upon us, a time of debauchery and merriment. Having lived in New Orleans for four Mardi Gras celebrations, I know a thing or two about ‘celebration’. Here at Mayyim Hayyim, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Purim, so we have made several changes to enhance everyone’s experience.
Due to the carnival atmosphere that can happen when people immerse we have taken steps to have a Lifeguard tower built in our atrium so that there are no accidents. While at this time we don’t have a “lifeguard”, rabbis are expected to man the tower during conversion ceremonies.
To enhance the immersions we are now offering two new types of mikveh experience. Ever wanted to know what is like to swim in the pools outside? Well now you can enjoy our outdoor mikveh experience, complete with diving board and sunshine (assuming it isn’t cloudy or night time when you immerse).
Our other experience is Mikveh Karaoke. Both of our mikvehs are now fully equipped with 2000 watt PA systems with 4 wireless mics, three tambourines, and one flat screen television. You can choose from the Great Jewish Song Book with hits like Wind Beneath my Wings, Moves like Jagger (yes Adam Levine is Jewish), and everything from the show Fiddler on the Roof.
And finally, we have new items available in the Mayyim Hayyim store for your Purim gathering. Our custom Bacchus shofar will announce that the party has arrived, but is also equipped with a BAC breathalyzer that will tell you how much you have had to drink. We also have full Mayyim Staff costumes if you really want to be the hit of the party.
Wishing you and yours a safe and fun Purim!