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mikvah

[Sephardic Hebrew mee-kvah; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English mik-vuh] /Sephardic Hebrew miˈkvɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈmɪk və/
noun, plural mikvoth, mikvot, mikvos
[Sephardic Hebrew mee-kvawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mik-vohs] /Sephardic Hebrew miˈkvɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪk voʊs/ (Show IPA).
English, mikvahs [mik-vuh z] /ˈmɪk vəz/ (Show IPA). Hebrew.
1.
a ritual bath to which Orthodox Jews are traditionally required to go on certain occasions, as before the Sabbath and after each menstrual period, to cleanse and purify themselves.
Also, mikveh.
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British Dictionary definitions for mikvah

mikvah

/mikˈvɑ; ˈmikvə/
noun
1.
(Judaism) a pool used esp by women for ritual purification after their monthly period
Word Origin
from Hebrew
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Encyclopedia Article for mikvah

("collection [of water]"), in Judaism, a pool of natural water in which one bathes for the restoration of ritual purity. The Mishna (Jewish code of law) describes in elaborate detail the requirements for ritually proper water and for the quantity of water required for ritual cleansing. In former times, a mikvah was so essential to each community of Jews that, if necessary, a synagogue could be sold to finance its construction

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