Found In: Choosing & Affirming a Jewish Life
Now, as I immerse myself. I begin a new cycle,
a cycle of rebirth and renewal
of Your world and Your people Israel.
I prepare for my new life
and for the sanctification of that life
through the ritual of immersion.
Our mothers Rebecca and Rachel were betrothed and began new lives
at the gently flowing water of the well.
Our mother Yocheved gave life to her child Moses
in the ever-flowing waters of the Nile.
Our sister Miriam danced for the saving of lives
beside the overflowing water of the Sea of Reeds.
Water is God's gift to living souls,
to cleanse us, to purify us,
to sustain and renew us.
As Moses and Aaron and the priests of Israel
washed with cleansing waters before attending to God's service at the altar,
so I now cleanse myself - before your altar of sanctification.
I am now prepared to link my life with the life of the people of Israel,
and with the God of Israel,
to become a partner in sharing the joys of Jewish living,
to learn and to celebrate the rhythms of a Jewish life.
O God, you are the Fountain of Life! I enter this Mikveh as an expression of my commitment to immerse myself in the faith of Israel and in the waters of Torah. Even as our ancestors crossed the sea on their pilgrimage to Sinai, may my Tevilah (immersion) nurture my resolve to take shelter under the wings of the Shekhina and seal my devotion to a life of Torah. Avodah and Gemilut Hasadim (learning, worship and deeds of justice and kindness).
Take a few moments for silent personal reflection before continuing and entering the Mikveh."With pure waters will I purify you, that your life be pure and blameless. A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit I will place within you. I will direct you in my teachings. and you shall keep my statutes. You shall be my people, and I will be your God." (Ezekiel 36:25-28)
ENTER MIKVEH, TAKE DEEP BREATH, IMMERSE COMPLETELY AND REMAIN UNDER WATER FOR A FEW MOMENTS.
STAND, TAKE A BREATH. AND SAY THE BLESSING:
Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al ha-t'vilah.
Blessed are you, Eternal God, ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us through mitzvot and has enjoined us concerning immersion.
DUNK A SECOND TIME!
STAND, TAKE A BREATH, AND SAY THE BLESSING:
Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, shehechiyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higianu, la-z'man ha-zeh.
Blessed is the Eternal, the God of all creation, who has blessed me with life, sustained me, and enabled me to reach this moment.
DUNK A THIRD TIME!
Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonal Eloheinu, Adonai echad.
HEAR O ISRAEL, THE ETERNAL OUR GOD, THE ETERNAL IS ONE!