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Traditional & Contemporary
Uses for the Mikvah

Immersion can be a powerful tool in our modern search for meaning and enhanced spiritual growth. Along with traditional uses such as niddah, conversion, and purification, at MACoM, we offer rituals for dozens of transitions that might be encountered in one’s life.  If you would like to immerse with a special ritual at MACoM but don’t see one in the list below that resonates with you, please let us know and we will work to create one that speaks to your circumstances:

Conversions

  • Converting to Judaism

  • Affirming your Jewish Identity

Relationships

  • For a Bride or Groom

  • For a Mother/Father of the Bride

  • For a Mother/Father of the Groom

  • After Finalizing a Divorce or Following the end of a Relationship

Women’s Cycles

  • Niddah, immersion following menstruation

  • During a Time of Infertility

  • Preparing for Conception

  • Following a First Menstruation

  • Upon Reaching Menopause

Birthing / Creating Family

  • The Ninth Month of Pregnancy

  • After Giving Birth

  • At the time of Weaning

Toward Healing of the Body, Mind and Spirit

  • For a Challenging Life Transition

  • Toward Healing

  • Mourning a Miscarriage (individual or couple)

  • Following an Abortion

  • Healing from Abuse

  • Upon Completing a Period of Mourning

For Our Blessings

  • For a Joyous Life Transition

  • Milestone Birthday Celebrations

  • Honoring the Process of Coming Out

  • Being Present in the Moment

Holidays

  • The Beginning of the Journey (Rosh Hashanah)

  • Turning Toward Forgiveness (Yom Kippur)

  • In Preparation for Passover or the Yamim Noraim—High Holy Days

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

  • Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

  • Parent of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

  • Becoming an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Preparation For Sacred Service

  • Preparing for Sacred Service (Mikvah Guides, Hand Washing and Cup of Miriam Ceremony)

  • Preparing for Sacred Service (Mohel/Mohelet, immersion)

Immersion of Vessels

  • Immersion of Vessels, Tevilat Keilim - infusing sanctity into the everyday act of eating through ritual purification of dishes, pots and pans and utensils.

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