Week four of World Religions at Genesis 2011: How can I even begin to describe the revelations, wonder, beauty and fascinations that I have experienced? I have discovered yet another path to religiosity and connection–Buddhism, and I have explored a beautiful mikveh facility like no other in this world. I have laughed when a Tibetan monk described the scent of a dirty sock. I watched a sand mandala being created out of nothing and I have slowly and meticulously eaten a cherry and appreciated the nature of a single fruit’s life.
I cannot think of a better way to wrap up our site visits than to visit Mayyim Hayyim, a mikveh located in Newton, MA. At Mayyim Hayyim, we learned about the purification process and the motives behind entering a mikveh. We also had the opportunity to submerge completely in the mivkeh, or participate in a purifying, hand-washing experience. The mikveh site visit was different from the other sites,which included a mosque, Hindu temple, Protestant congregational church, Quaker meeting house, African American Methodist church, Buddhist meditation center, because it is a Jewish site. It was a wonderful experience because it showed us another aspect of Judaism, something different than our normal trips to synagogue.
I am ecstatic that I have had so many mind-blowing opportunities in the past month and I cannot wait to share my life changing journey with my family at the upcoming showcase. I am so much more connected with G-d and I have learned so much about the world around me through discussions. I know that I will take these lessons with me throughout my life and I hope that I can teach others around me what I have learned.
Leah Weingast, 2011 Genesis participant, Port Washington, NY