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Healing from Illness - The Mikveh

01/07/2020 12:22:09 PM


Rhonda Kaplan

A diagnosis of cancer, or any other life threatening illness, comes with the potential of suffering emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The days and weeks of diagnostic tests and treatment planning; the long months of chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and/or surgeries – all of these bring about challenges of hope, loneliness, faith, fear, and physical disabilities. The completion of treatment can be a time for celebration, reflection, and renewal, and “now what?”. The preparation prior to and the immersion in the Mikveh can assist in the healing.

After your arrival to the Mikveh, there are Seven Kavanot (Intentions) that you can to utilize in preparation for immersion. These guidelines remove barriers between you and the waters of the Mikveh. Seven Kavanot and seven steps down into the Mikveh waters! Seven represents “wholeness”. These seven guidelines allow you to stop, breath, and reflect. It allows you to appreciate and cherish your body. To feel gratitude for the strength of your body to have endured the treatment and gratitude for your body to have been be resilient. As you remove clothing, glasses/contacts, jewelry, washing from head to toe, flossing and brushing teeth, you are connecting the physical, mental, and spiritual parts of yourself – leading to a sense of wholeness and peace.

Immersion in the Mikveh can assist in the healing and recovery process. The Mikveh at United Orthodox Synagogue is available to congregants of Brith Shalom. Please contact Rabbi Teller or Cantor Levine for addition information and guidance.

Thu, December 1 2022 7 Kislev 5783