The Living Waters

Three is a good number, a lucky number. Despite what you may have been led to believe, good things come in threes.

Yesterday marked three months since the Election Day that reignited my passion for defending women’s reproductive rights.  I have been talking and writing about matters related to women during this time, and submitting my work to other blogs.  You may have read my first of three posts, which was about abortion. The second piece, published by, was a personal reflection on the anniversary of my miscarriage. I don’t regard these as exclusively “women’s issues.” Yet, I find they are sometimes overlooked or avoided because they are difficult to discuss.

One topic thatfull moon over water at night is purposely discussed in hushed tones, if at all, is the use of the mikveh (Jewish ritual bath).  I guess it’s not surprising to those who know me well that I have been flouting this social convention of silence about mikveh for more than twenty years. I have always found it counterintuitive and counterproductive: how are we to inspire women to use the mikveh by making learning about it inaccessible?!

That brings me to the third of my three good things, a post about my changing relationship to the mikveh that appeared yesterday on the website of Mayyim Hayyim. Mayyim hayyim means living waters, and the organization describes itself as “a 21st century creation, a mikveh rooted in ancient tradition, reinvented to serve the Jewish community of today.”

I hope that you will read my words and share your thoughts at their website.



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