Jewish ritual bath

A mikveh or mikvah (Hebrew: מִקְוֶה / מקווה, Modern: mikve, Tiberian: miqweh, pl. mikva'ot, mikvoth, mikvot, or (Yiddish) mikves,[1][2] lit., "a collection") is a Jewish ritual bath. It is used to cleanse ritual impurity. Immersion in a mikveh is also a part of the traditional process for converting to Judaism.

A contemporary mikveh at the Temple Beth-El synagogue in Birmingham, Alabama


  1. Sivan, Reuven; Edward A Levenston (1975). The New Bantam-Megiddo Hebrew & English dictionary. Toronto; New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-26387-0.
  2. Lauden, Edna (2006). Multi Dictionary. Tel Aviv: Ad Publications. p. 397. ISBN 965-390-003-X.