Mikvah Project:

 

WHAT IS A MIKVAH?

 A Mikvah is a natural body of water or a collection of water that was never stagnant or gathered by human means. A Mikvah must be filled with water from a flowing source such as fresh spring water or rainwater that is connected to a pool designed specifically for immersion. 

 WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE  WATER IN A MIKVAH?

Being that water is the primary source of all living things, a Mikvah has the power to restore and replenish life. Symbolically, immersion in the Mikvah is like a return to the womb, and immersion represents a purification and type of spiritual rebirth.
 

WHY SHOULD I GO TO THE MIKVAH?

For Women:

 

Mikvah is used by women, as part of the mitzvah called taharat hamishpachah (family purity) whose laws guide Jewish married life. Mikvah provides an opportunity for regularly infusing marriage with sacred renewal, and is a source of spiritual blessing for the entire family. It is a way of drawing G‑d into your marriage, by making Him an integral part of it. 

For Men:

 

Immersion in a Mikvah is a powerful spiritual tool. Kabbala teaches that immersion in a ritual bath, or Mikvah, is vital for spiritual growth. 
The Holy Priest did not begin his service in the Holy Temple until he first immersed in a Mikvah. 

 

The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes that when a person wakes up in the morning, he is like the High Priest preparing to do the daily service, and it is appropriate for one to submerge himself in the waters of the Mikvah before beginning his day. Mikvah has the ability to refine a person, and help him access higher spiritual levels, and gain clarity of thought.

 

 

 

 

A Mikvah is being built at the Richmond Torah Center, 423 10th Avenue.

 

It will cater to men who wish to increase in spiritual purity, as well as to the women of the community who will avail themselves of the facility, during Shabbat and Holidays.

The uniqueness of this project is that it incorporates the men in the mikvah usage.

The Mikvah as a spiritual discipline for men is well documented in Kabbalistic and Chassidic literature.

For the first time a mikvah in San Francisco will be open to men wishing to develop their spiritual sensitivity.

Be a part of this incredible endeavor!