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Our Community Mikvah:

Our community offers a comfortable and aesthetic mikvah, located at 101 Washington Street in Brighton, MA (between Commonwealth Ave. and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, next to Congregation Kadimas Toras Moshe). The Daughters of Israel Mikvah is under the supervision of the Bostoner Rebbe.

This women's mikvah is open every night of the year excluding Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur nights. It offers two mikva'ot and four preparation rooms. Each preparation room is fully equipped with everything needed to prepare for immersion in the mikvah, including towels and bathrobes.

The mikvah's answering machine, at (617) 782-9433, lists the hours of operation each week; please make an appointment, preferably the day before you plan to visit, by leaving your name and telephone number.

Women are taken on a first come basis during the hours indicated on the machine. For special circumstances, you should try to call a few days in advance. The mikvah attendants will try to accommodate your needs.

There is a mikvah for dishes on the premises, which is open to the public almost every Sunday morning, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is advisable to call the machine before you come to make sure that the mikvah is open. You do not have to make an appointment in advance.


A new beginning

Entering menopause: A time of transformation. A new phase of life begins. Invigoration. Inspiration. It is a time for a woman to explore her spirituality and increase her focus on herself, her marriage, and her family. Judaism offers a unique and incredibly special way to celebrate this transition and expand the spirit through the ritual of mikvah.

A link to the past, a promise for the future

A mikvah is a ritual bath, constructed according to intricate laws and specifications, for particular mitzvot-commandments. The mikvah has the power to transform the every day world into the realm of the holy and spiritual. The most important and general use of the mikvah is by brides and married women. For thousands of years, Jewish marriages and families have been strengthened through the sanctity and holiness inherent in Taharas Hamishpacha-the laws of family purity which require a woman to immerse in the mikvah after her menstrual period and prior to resuming physical intimacy with her husband. Generations of Jewish women have found that the mitzvah of mikvah brings them closer to G-d - the Source of life, purity, and holiness.

Myth: I've been married for years.
It's too late to start going to the mikvah.

Reality: The Torah teaches us that it is never too late to observe a mitzvah. The blessings of the mikvah can be bestowed upon a woman and her family even if she goes after her childbearing years have ended.

A single act, infinite rewards

Immersion in the mikvah at the appropriate time is a mitzvah that can be performed only by women. For women who have experienced their last menstrual period, a single immersion -performed in accordance with specific guidelines - can reap a lifetime of blessings for herself and her family. It can elevate her marriage to new heights of holiness, enabling her to enter the next phase of life with a symbolic rebirth and a spiritual renewal.

A personal journey, a private mitzvah

The mitzvah of mikvah is an extremely private one. It is a way for a woman to integrate her spiritual nature with her physical being, to connect with Jewish women throughout the world and across time, and to move closer to G-d. To learn more about mikvah, contact your local Orthodox rabbi or his wife.

Myth: I'm not so religious. It would
be hypocritical to go to the mikvah.

Reality: Every mitzvah counts! Immersing in the mikvah offers a wonderful sense of renewal and rebirth. It's the perfect mitzvah for a woman who wants to expand her Jewish horizons.

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