We love to raise awareness and present various voices on topics related to The Eden Center mission.  Below are an array of blogs on mikveh, sexuality, marriage, women’s health, body image, parenting, and Taharat Hamishpacha.

This blog invites readers to submit their experience with mikveh and the laws of niddah in order to raise awareness to the range of feelings and experiences in the community. The Eden Center does not endorse positions stated in blogs, but allows authors’ voices to be heard on this platform.

We value your feedback and submissions.

Family Purity – the Recognition of the Divine in my Spouse

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According to the laws of Family Purity, for a portion of each month, husband and wife are not allowed to be physically intimate with one another or touch one another. Many explain these laws as being a method of bringing rejuvenation to the marital relationship. This explanation rests on the understanding that we desire that which we do not have and therefore [...]

טהרת המשפחה – ההכרה בחלק אלוה ממעל אצל בן הזוג או בת הזוג

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לפי דיני טהרת המשפחה, במשך חלק מכל חודש איש ואישה אסורים בקרבה אינטימית או במגע. רבים מסבירים את הדינים הללו כדרך להחייאת מערכת היחסים בחיי הנישואין. ההסבר הזה מתבסס על ההבנה שאנו חושקים במה שאין לנו, ועל כן העובדה שאנו “אסורים” זה על זה מחדשת את העניין ואת המשיכה בין האיש והאישה. בנוסף על ההתבוננות על היתרונות של זמן ההפרדה במערת היחסים, [...]

The Final Immersion

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I can still feel a tiny twinge of pain deep inside me as I reach my hand out to turn on the bath water. It’s not quite six weeks after my complete hysterectomy and I am still somewhat sore. The pain doesn’t really bother me, though. It’s negligible, basically non-existent compared to the emotional turmoil that churns inside my heart. Tonight is the [...]

Making it to the Mikveh- With Breast Cancer

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by Avigail Rock z”l This was first published in partnership with The Layers Project Magazine. A few months after giving birth to my fifth child, I had a conversation with a cousin whose mother had passed away from cancer. She asked me if I did a yearly checkup. I was only 38 years old at the time, and saw no reason to [...]

Suffering in Silence: Oral Contraception and Its Side Effects

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The invention of ‘the pill’ gifted women with the ability to reliably prevent pregnancy and provide for themselves and their families by enabling them to sustain a stable career.  While the historical and societal significance of oral contraception need not be underestimated, the potential negative impact on women deserves scrutiny. These side effects are universal, but specific aspects are even more challenging [...]

When Mikveh Feels Meaningless

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When I go to the mikveh, I’m bored. I go, I soak, I read in the bath—by far my favorite part of the entire experience—I shower, I dunk, I leave. Recently, one of the balaniot at my local mikveh has started asking if I wanted to spend some extra time in the water before coming out. Every time I hear that offer, [...]

מה אני אמורה להרגיש?

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ביליתי שעה בניחותא בהכנות לטבילה. הסרתי בקפדנות כל סימן ללק, שייפתי את הציפורניים והתקלחתי. התמקדתי בחלקים בגבי שיותר קשה להגיע אליהם. כאשר לקחתי מגבת כדי ללכת מחדר ההכנה אל המקווה ראיתי את השתקפותי במראה. הבחנתי בעגילי הזהב הקטנים שנצצו על תנוכי אוזניי. מחשבה: האם עליי להסיר את העגילים? יש לי חמישה נזמים ושלושה עגילים שנמצאים באוזניי תמיד. מעולם לא הסרתי אותם. עמדתי [...]

What Am I Meant to Feel?

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I had spent an hour preparing myself for my immersion, taking my time. Carefully removing every speck of nail polish, filing my nails, and showering, with special attention focused on the hard-to-reach parts of my back. As I grabbed a towel and walked from the preparation room to the mikveh I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I noticed the [...]

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