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.

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

Thus, Mikvah is the culminating step in the conversion process; certain new pots and dishes are immersed in a Mikvah as a means of consecrating our acts of food preparation and consumption. Men use the Mikvah as a spiritual preparation before prayer. They also use it to usher in the Holy Shabbat and other Holy days.

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.

Mikvahs have been built and used by Jews in every age and circumstance – on the mountain fortress of Masada, in the oppressive Soviet Union, and even in Nazi occupied Europe. Today, newly constructed Mikvahs can be found in every corner of the globe – from Argentina and Austria, to Tasmania and Thailand, enriching Jewish life the world over.