May 5 –June 5, 2010
By Hadar Galron
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Inside the secretive world of the ritual bath, eight women’s stories unfold in this sensitive depiction of religious observance and evolving feminist consciousness. A knowledgeable examination of traditions and ritual, this hit Israeli play explores the ever evolving position of women in Israeli society. (Note: this play contains brief modest nudity.)
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**This show is part of VOICES FROM A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST: VOICE OF THE WOMAN, which will feature readings of plays by women that reflect the changing landscape of the middle east.
What people are saying:
"You don’t need a background in the Talmud or Family Purity Laws to understand the play. That’s what I love about Theater J, no matter the subject, there’s a dedication to clarity and consistent storytelling, always marked by strong ensemble acting and high production values. Mikveh is no exception." Jenn Larsen, We Love DC
“Giving voices to women whom a theatergoer rarely has occasion to hear”- Peter Marks, The Washington Post
| Sarah Marshall
|| Kim Schraf
|| Lise Bruneau
|| Tonya Beckman Ross|
| Carla Briscoe
|| Helen Pafumi
|| Rachel Olivia Condliffe
|| Amal Saade|
What is a Mikveh?
Mikvah (or mikveh) (Hebrew: מִקְוָה, Modern Miqva Tiberian Miqwāh; plural: mikva'ot or mikves) is a ritual bath designed for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism. The word "mikvah", as used in the Hebrew Bible, literally means a "collection" - generally, a collection of water.
Several biblical regulations specify that full immersion in water is required to regain ritual purity after ritually impure incidents have occurred. Most forms of impurity can be nullified through immersion in any natural collection of water. Some, such as a Zav, however require "living water," such as springs or groundwater wells. Living water has the further advantage of being able to purify even while flowing as opposed to rainwater which must be stationary in order to purify. The mikvah is designed to simplify this requirement, by providing a bathing facility that remains in ritual contact with a natural source of water.
When is it generally used?
- by Jewish women to achieve ritual purity after menstruation or childbirth
- by Jewish men to achieve ritual purity (see details below)
- as part of a traditional procedure for conversion to Judaism
- for utensils used for food.
Where can Mikveh take place?
A mikveh must be built into the ground or built as an essential part of a building. Portable receptacles, such as bathtubs, whirlpools, or Jacuzzis, can therefore never function as mikvehs. The mikveh must contain a minimum of two hundred gallons of rainwater that was gathered and siphoned into the mikvah pool in accordance with a highly specific set of regulations. In extreme cases where the acquisition of rainwater is impossible, ice or snow originating from a natural source may be used to fill the mikveh. As with the rainwater, an intricate set of laws surrounds its transport and handling.
More information on Mikveh's:
Wikipedia - Mikvah
My Jewish Learning: Mikveh
Chabad.org: The Jewish Woman
More information on the playwright:
Hadar Galron, playwright, screenplay-writer, actress and comedian was born in London, 1970 to a Jewish orthodox family, and emigrated to Israel with her family at the age of 13. After her army-service and during her B.A. in theatre, (Tel-Aviv University ), Hadar began writing and performing professionally .
She first became known as part of a duo, in a comedy show she put on together with another religious actress. It was totally unheard of until then that religious women allow themselves to perform professionally on secular stages and caused much ado.
For the Sochnut Hadar wrote and performed a show focusing on the stereotypes of Israelis’ through the eyes of the tourist and visa versa .
Next came ‘PULSA’, a satirical comedy about womens’ status in the jewish law. The show, considered very daring of its kind, has been running for 5 years (over 500 performances).
MIKVEH is Hadar’s first full-length drama. It is showing at Tel-Aviv’s Beit-Lessin Theatre. An immediate success, MIKVEH won the theater prize for “Production of the Year 2004“ at the Israeli Theatre Academy Awards.
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