Category Archives: Life Transitions

Journey to the Mikveh

by Ev Bastow In August of this year, I had the unique experience of visiting Mayyim Hayyim. I cannot talk about that encounter without telling about the life events that led up to that memorable day. I was born and … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a Year of Transition

by Dalia Krusner, Mayyim Hayyim Intern This fall marks a year since I arrived in Boston. In late August of 2016, I packed up my life in Toronto and drove southeast for 9 hours to begin graduate school. I was … Continue reading

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Eclipsed by the Divine

by Elisha Gechter Last week my husband Sam and I endured a connecting flight from Boston to Knoxville, TN with our 5 year-old and 9 month-old. We were eclipse-bound and willing to make some sacrifices in the name of science. … Continue reading

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My Miracle Mikveh

Posted with permission from Skip Palter, after a visit to Mayyim Hayyim to mark the completion of a mourning period for his wife, Ann. Hi Carrie, I am writing to share with you that I believe I experienced a miracle … Continue reading

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The Simcha of Smicha

by Rabbi Leora Abelson Ordination weekend began at the mikveh. This felt right for our class, which had marked the beginning of each year of rabbinical school with a ritual at Crystal Lake. We know that the mere presence of … Continue reading

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The Summer Whirlwind

by Lori Kramer, Office Manager Just when I think I have a handle on the logistics of my big family… the school year ends and summer begins. We have to take stock and make sure everyone is getting everywhere they … Continue reading

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My Bat Mitzvah – My Way

by Nancy Katz “In gratitude I come today to celebrate the blessings in my life. I honor those who have helped me along the way and give thanks for their supportive presence. As I prepare to immerse in the waters … Continue reading

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