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Please consult with a representative of your synagogue for further clarification regarding the rules and regulations for visiting a mikveh. This information is only intended as an overview.

A mikveh is a body of water that Jewish tradition associates with purification. Natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, oceans and streams are all considered mikvehs.

How to build Mikveh - Constructed mikvehs must be built and filled with water in accordance with Jewish law. Mikvah's are to be built into the ground and contain at least two hundred gallons of water.

Jewish brides often chose to visit a mikveh before their wedding ceremony.

There are two parts involved in the mikveh experience, preparation and immersion.

Mikveh Preparation

The women showers thoroughly and shampoos her hair. She brushes her teeth, cuts her finger nails and toe nails. She removes all jewelry, including contact lens, nail polish and make-up, to ensure that she is completely clean. Women who are not brides visit the mikveh one week after the completion of their menstrual cycle. The cycle of a women's body is viewed as a symbol of renewal and creation.

Mikveh Immersion

An attendant accompanies the women to the mikvah. The bride immerses her entire body, including her hair, into the water. She then stands and recites the blessing for ritual purification and immerses herself two more times.

Mikveh Directory - You can locate a mikvah by contacting your local synagogue or checking various internet sites. Call before arriving to find out if you need an appointment, what the mikveh fees are and what items you'll need to bring and what will be provided.

Jewish Wedding Planner, 2007