Zechariah Thirteen: Mikvah

“On that day, a spring shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for purification and for sprinkling (Zechariah 13:1).” There are other verses in this chapter that are probably considered much more iconic and important, but this one jumped out to me because it connects to a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. The concept of purification through water manifests for Jews today in the mikvah, the ritual bath that women (and men) immerse in so as to attain a state of purity. There’s something very freeing about being in the water, and I’ve personally grown to love the ritual, even though as a secular Jew, it’s not one that came to me naturally. But seeing the origins of water as a pure vessel and means of sanctification here makes me feel even more connected to the rite. The waters of the mikvah are called living waters, and seeing them described here as a spring hits home for me about the history and tradition that I choose to carry on.

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