Ways to Dip without a Mikvah

What if you don’t have a community mikvah? Continue reading “Ways to Dip without a Mikvah”

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Maybe It Is Good for a Man not to Touch a Woman

Image courtesy of bulldogza at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of bulldogza at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The issue of touch keeps coming up. It was in the Mikvah/Niddah lesson about husbands and wives not touching during the Niddah and Purification days. Then a friend pointed out that the first use of “touch” in scripture is from Eve’s answer to the serpent in the garden–with interesting implications still under review. In the meantime, I ended up learning a little about practices of yichud (not secluding oneself with one person of the opposite sex outside the immediate family–a doctrine I first encountered in the United Pentecostal Church, interestingly enough), and that led right back to the touch issue and Paul, who says to the believers at Corinth that “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (ESV 1 Cor.7.1).

Boy, there are a lot of wild theories about what not touching means in that verse. Continue reading “Maybe It Is Good for a Man not to Touch a Woman”

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