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  1. mikveh(Noun)

    A ritual bath in which various Jewish purifications are performed.

  2. Origin: From מקוה.

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  1. Mikveh

    Mikveh is a bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism. The word "mikveh", as used in the Hebrew Bible, literally means a "collection" – generally, a collection of water. Several biblical regulations specify that full immersion in water is required to regain ritual purity after ritually impure incidents have occurred. Most forms of impurity can be nullified through immersion in any natural collection of water. However, some impurities, such as a Zav, require "living water," such as springs or groundwater wells. Living water has the further advantage of being able to purify even while flowing, as opposed to rainwater which must be stationary in order to purify. The mikveh is designed to simplify this requirement, by providing a bathing facility that remains in ritual contact with a natural source of water. Its main uses nowadays are: ⁕by Jewish women to achieve ritual purity after menstruation or childbirth; ⁕by Jewish men to achieve ritual purity; ⁕as part of a traditional procedure for conversion to Judaism;


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