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Ritual immersion in a mikveh — a gathering of living water (mayim hayim) — marks a change in status. People immerse at Libi Eir (Awakened Heart) to celebrate moments of joy, to heal after times of sorrow or illness, or to commemorate transitions and changes. Today, there are only a few cases where immersion is still designated as a mitzvah, or an act required by Jewish law: for converts to Judaism, for brides, and for women observing niddah, the practice of immersing monthly following menstruation. Mikveh has also been used for other purposes throughout Jewish history: for example, by men prior to Shabbat and the holidays, by women in the ninth month of pregnancy. At Libi Eir, people are welcome to immerse to commemorate a wide variety of transitions and occasions: prior to reading Torah for the first time, before or after surgery, on the occasion of being ordained a rabbi, or becoming a grandparent, or reaching the age of 40, or 50, or 85. This beautiful video explains the basics of mikveh practice.

In Jewish tradition, water is part of our sacred narrative, as when Hebrews traveled through the waters of the Red Sea as they left Egypt, marking their transformation from a tribe of slaves into a free people. Mikveh is the Jewish ritual that symbolically enacts this kind of profound change for individuals. The mikveh pool recalls the watery state that each of us knew before we were born; the ritual of entering and leaving mayim hayim, living waters, creates the time and space to acknowledge and embrace a new stage of life.

All Jews are welcome to immerse at Libi Eir. If you would like to make an appointment at the mikveh or have further questions, please contact Rabbi Jenny Solomon by calling her at 214-886-5079 or e-mailing her at

Sun, December 10 2023 27 Kislev 5784