This is a message from a fellow bloggista, over at RedefiningRebbetzin.
I am working with a Modern Orthodox Rabbi from New Mexico on exposing the reality women face when observing Mikvah. We are trying to gather more personal stories of women who have been questioned about their Jewish-ness or need to immerse, either when making an appointment or upon arrival or any other difficulties women have been presented with. His peers have been outraged to hear the stories which have come forth so far, but there are few women who have shared their personal stories to date which makes it appear potentially less wide spread.
So I ask you to take a moment to reflect on your own experiences. Has anyone ever made you feel uncomfortable about your mikvah observance? Do you have a friend who has ever shared that she had a difficult experience? It only takes one experience to make a story with sharing, as one negative experience could be the difference in someone’s observance of the mitzvah. Please spread the word to those who may be able to share as well. We promise all stories will remain completely confidential and names will not go beyond my inbox.
We are on the verge of making some changes, and cannot do it alone.
Please send an email in the strictest of confidence to: Melissa at redefiningrebbetzin dot com. Alternately you can email me at inthepinkblog at gmail dot com.