What is a Mikvah?
A mikvah is a ritual pool of water made of naturally collected rain water. The main use of the mikvah today is by women after completion of their menstrual cycle.
The Torah teaches us that when a woman menstruates, a potential life has passed through her body. Life, in each of its forms, contains kedusha (sanctity or holiness.) When kedusha is removed from a place, what’s left in its place is Tumah, or impurity. The way we cleanse impurity is through immersion in a mikvah. The waters of the mikvah are derived from rainwater which is water from a natural source. These waters are like the waters of Creation and are akin to the amniotic fluid from which the world was created. When a woman has experienced the loss of potential life she needs to be reconnected to the source of all life which was the creation of the world. Immersion in the mikvah removes her impurity, thus allowing her, though purity to reconnect to life, and to live-giving activities.
In the time of the Temple, mikvah was used by both men and women for different occasions of achieving ritual purity. Nowadays the main use for women is for nidus, menstruation, and for men, general purification. Mikvaot are also used for conversions. The La Jolla mikvah operatives exclusively as a women’s mikvah.
The La Jolla Mikvah
The La Jolla Mikvah is housed in the same building as Congregation Adat Yeshurun, on the north side of the building.
We built our Mikvah with both privacy and safety in mind. The Mikvah’s pathway and entrance are separate from the main shul, on the left-hand side of the shul property when you are driving into the shul’s gates.
To ensure security, we have installed a camera along the pathway so that the Mikvah attendant can observe the women walking down the path. Women must be buzzed into the Mikvah. If husbands bring their wives to the Mikvah, we ask that they please park and wait in the Shul parking lot to ensure modesty.
Thank you for your cooperation! Don’t forget to go over your Mikvah Checklist!
To make an appointment: 858-535-1072. All appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. Use the phone number to leave a message on the answering machine in the appropriate mailbox. Please speak clearly and be sure to leave your name, phone number and the night you need an appointment. The Mikvah Attendant will return your call with your appointment time on the day of your appointment.