For thousands of years, Jewish couples have observed the laws of niddah (separation) to sanctify their sexual relationship. Traditionally, a couple refrains from intimacy during a woman’s menstrual cycle and for seven days afterward. Immersing in the mikvah marks the point at which the couple may reunite physically.
Historically, American Jews have, for the most part and for many generations, rejected niddah as archaic and demeaning to women. The practice was limited almost exclusively to the Orthodox community. However, over the past decade or so, Jewish women of all descriptions and denominations have revisited the practice, discovering and infusing new meaning in its attention to female cycles. At the Community Mikvah, members of the Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, as well as unafilliated Jews are all welcome to experiment with monthly immersion. This diversity of practice is a hallmark of all Jewish ritual.
Prayer to Conceive