When the Mitzvah Lost its Meaning


Publication Date: January 1980

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


Research Area: Culture and religion

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 She states that while the mikveh might be mystical and outdated, it may also bring fulfillment to those who use it.