4 Elul 5783/August 21, 2023
by Rabbi Simone Schicker
As we rush towards the first of Tishrei, and a month full of holy days, we take this moment to reflect on how we ourselves have changed this year, this month, this moment. Have we changed in appearance? Have we changed our outlook? Have we changed the goal posts that we are heading toward?
Judaism celebrates change. Noting the ever changing status of individuals throughout Torah and the need to go to the mikveh (ritual bath) whenever a change has occurred. The ever-evolving evolution of the use of mikveh (with thanks to Mayyim Hayyim and the members of the open mikveh movement) allows us today to see a whole new way of embracing change and transition in our lives.
While many see the mikveh as relevant only in regards to conversion or family purity, the shift in recent years towards a broader understanding of the role of water in helping us acknowledge, accept and move through change in ourselves or in our lives is powerful.
Starting or concluding medical treatment
The birth or adoption of a child
And so many more moments that change us.
Each moment that changes us, whether big or small, is a moment to celebrate. To acknowledge the role of our faith in our lives, and to embrace the opportunity to ritualise any moment we feel connected to.
May you be blessed as you acknowledge and celebrate change.