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When the Mitzvah Lost its Meaning

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Publication Date: January 1980

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Series: Sh'ma (11/205) and CLAL Encore Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Religious Denominations; Ritual Observance; Marriage

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


A woman raised in an Orthodox family but who married a secular Jew reminisces about her upbringing, marriage, and gradual departure from the mikveh (ritual bath). She attributes her lack of observance to a weakening of resolve. She states that while the mikveh might be mystical and outdated, it may also bring fulfillment to those who use it.