The tradition of Mikvah and the laws of Family Purity are central to Jewish life. Discover more about the tradition that can become a rich and fulfilling part of your marriage.
The Story Of Our Mikvah
Today, it is not just a Jewish metropolis that can boast a mikvah. In remote, even exotic, locations—Anchorage, Alaska, and Bogotá, Colombia; Yerres, France, and Ladispoli, Italy; Agadir, Morocco, and Asunción in Paraguay; Lima, Peru, and Cape Town, South Africa; Bangkok, Thailand, and Zarzis, Tunisia; and now even Carbondale, Illinois there are kosher and comfortable mikvahs, and rebbetzins willing and able to assist any woman in their use. In many communities, a tour of the mikvah is available on request.
» Family Purity
The concept of family purity is as original and ancient as Judaism. It originates in the Torah itself, in the book of Leviticus. The literal translation of the Hebrew word mikvah means 'a collection of a stationary body of water'.
Under Jewish law, married women and brides-to-be follow the mitzvah, or commandment, to purify themselves after a menstrual period and prior to intimate relations with their husband. This is done by immersing in the mikvah.
» The New Mikvah
We built our mikvah following intricate guidelines documented in the code of Jewish law extending back to the Middle Ages on how to purify, or make Kosher, the water. A special expert on the design and construction of the mikvah was consulted in the process, a project that took nearly 12 months to complete.
Upcoming events
Dec. 08, 2022
Study the weekly Torah portion while enjoying Kosher pizza. We meet in the dining area of the Student Center