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Lot #    26791
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:18:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mikve Israel
Title (Hebrew)    מקוה ישראל
Author    [Women - Only Ed.] David Miller
City    Oakland, California
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 32 pp. plus title wrappers bound in, 205:145 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound as published in modern half cloth boards.
Paragraph 1    An early California Hebrew imprint.
   Instructions on the construction (with architectural plans) and maintenance of a Mikveh in one's home, printed as many women refused to use public Mikvehs for health reasons. The mikveh, a pool or bath of clear water, immersion in which renders ritually clean a person who has become ritually unclean through contact with the dead (Num. 19) or any other defiling object, or through an unclean flux from the body (Lev. 15) and especially a menstruant or postpartum woman. It is similarly used for vessels (Num. 31:22–23). Today the chief use of the mikveh is for women, prior to marriage, following niddut, and following the birth of a child, since the laws of ritual impurity no longer apply after the destruction of the Temple. Mikveh immersion is also obligatory for proselytes, as part of the ceremony of conversion. In addition immersion in the mikveh is still practiced by various groups as an aid to spirituality, particularly on the eve of the Sabbath and festivals, especially the Day of Atonement and the custom still obtains, in accordance with Numbers 31: 22–23 to immerse new vessels and utensils purchased from non-Jews. At the beginning of the 21st century, mikveh immersion also frequently constituted a symbolic expression of a new spiritual beginning for both women and men, in all branches of Jewish practice. In addition to conversion to Judaism, rituals have developed incorporating mikveh immersion as part of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah (coming of age); prior to marriage for men as well as women; in cases of miscarriage, infertility, and illness; and following divorce, sexual assault, or other life-altering events. An indication of the probable long-term impact of this trend is the increased construction of mikva'ot by non-Orthodox Jewish communities in North America.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica