Sacred Bodies, Sacred Spaces: Exploring Niddah

Next Event: March 6, 2024 Newton $90.00 - $450.00
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Are you…

  • Curious about the laws of niddah and their practices? Wondering whether this practice is accessible to you?
  • Skeptical about the potential feminist interpretations of niddah?
  • Interested in wrestling with what this embodied practice has brought to the Jewish people?
  • Wondering what it could mean for you?

Together with a diverse set of partners, Mayyim Hayyim will offer a series exploring menstruation and the practice of niddah (monthly separation from sexual contact surrounding the time of menstruation followed by immersion in the mikveh). Jews of all denominations, background, genders, and sexual orientation practice niddah for a variety of reasons, while others choose not to.

This series will offer multiple modalities of learning about niddah so learners can explore in-depth questions about this practice, as well as consider whether niddah might be a meaningful ritual within their lives.

The series will explore:

  • The textual sources for niddah, including a dive into the conversation around menstruating bodies
  • The relationship between sex, intimacy, menstruation, and the role of ritual in navigating these experiences in our lives
  • How individuals and families with various gender identities might approach niddah
  • The connections between embodied ritual, the natural world, and the experience of transitions and time

Guest faculty: Rabbi Avigayil Halpern, Aviva Herr-Welber, Rabbi Shani Rosenbaum, Soreh Ruffman, and Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

This program is generously supported by a Community Impact Grant from CJP.

Co-sponsors: Base BSTN, Hadar Boston, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Hebrew College, Kavod and Keshet.

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Fact Sheet
When
Every week on Wednesday, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFirst event on March 6, 2024Last event on April 3, 2024
* Registration closes on March 6th
Where
Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters
1838 Washington St
Newton, MA 02466
Price
$90.00 Sliding Scale
$250.00 Suggested
$450.00 Sliding Scale

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