Alternative Spellings

mikva, mikve


  • "Ritual bath" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "The bride-to-be went to the mikveh for the first time the night before her wedding."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


A natural body of water; used in different parts of Jewish tradition such as part of niddah (after a woman's menstruation cycle before engaging in sexual relations with her husband) or when a person converts to Judaism

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