Judaism

Why Immerse in the Mikveh?

Aug 9, 2015
8 min read

Immersion in the mikveh (sometimes pronounced mikvah) actualizes the transition between the convert’s old identity and his or her new one as a Jew. By Rabbi Maurice Lamm Excerpted with permission from Becoming a Jew (Jonathan David Publishers, Inc.). What…

Mikveh: Jewish ritual immersion in water

Aug 7, 2015
2 min read

A recent post on Junior Ganymede mentions the ritual bath called a mikveh where Jews practiced ritual immersions in pools of water. The parallels to Christian baptism (which means to dip or immerse) are many. In both rituals the purpose of…