Mazal Tov: Baby in the mikveh


In this cute-beyond-words video, ten-week-old Clara Grossman becomes an official MOT when parents Ricky and Jennifer Grossman immerse her in the ritual waters of Mayyim Hayyim, a community mikveh in Newton, Mass.

Jennifer hadn’t quite completed her conversion when Clara was born. So to make sure she’s accepted by Jews beyond the Grossmans’ Reform community, mom, dad, and both sets of grandparents watched as baby Clara goes through the ancient ritual, described on Mayyim Hayyim’s new blog:

Notice how pretty and spacious the mikveh is. See how the rabbi smiles and teaches and reassures. Listen as parents Jennifer and Ricky explain – in their own words – why they are making this Jewish choice. Watch the joy on her grandparents’ faces – all four of them, including her non-Jewish Grandma and Grandpa, who are beaming, fully engaged and comfortable.

Get out the hankies.

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