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      Shalom Friends,
Genesis relates that in the beginning of creation, “the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the waters..." (Genesis 1:2). Only later, on day number three, was dry land created. When an individual goes to a Mikvah and immerses in this body of natural water, he symbolically returns to the state of tangible Divinity that was present before the creation of man. He is given the fresh opportunity to serve G-d with purity and a sense of innocence. Just as water washes away the dirt that clings to our bodies, garments, and possessions, the waters of the Mikvah are as effective in cleansing the soul of man.
(Adapted from Sefer Hachinuch mitzvah 173.175)
Mikvah is especially beneficial as a preparation to prayer (Sefer Chasidim 18). In the Holy Temple, the priests would use the Mikvah to insure purity, and they would wash their hands and feet before the service. As a spiritual discipline, daily Mikvah usage enhances the divine service of every man who desires to create a temple of holiness in his personal life.
In the merit of your participation in this great Mitzvah, may you be blessed with good health, much joy, and abundant success in all your endeavors.
Rabbi Ahron & Sara Hecht
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