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To the uninitiated, a modern-day Mikvah  looks like a miniature swimming pool. In a religion rich with detail, beauty, and ornamentation — against the backdrop of the ancient Temple or even modern-day synagogues — the Mikvah is surprisingly nondescript, a humble structure.


Its ordinary appearance, however, belies its primary place in Jewish life and law. The Mikvah offers the individual, the community, and the nation of Israel the remarkable gift of purity and holiness. No other religious establishment, structure, or rite can affect the Jew in this

Immersion in the Mikvah  has offered a gateway to purity ever since the creation of man. The Midrash relates that after being banished from Eden, Adam sat in a river that flowed from the garden. This was an integral part of his Teshuvah (repentance) process, of his attempt at return to his original perfection.