Mikveh Kavvanah for Affirming Jewish identity, by Rabbi Jonah Rank

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When recited by one who immersed to accept or to affirm Jewish identity:

May these living waters carry me forward
As I have now immersed deeper into the stream of Jewish life.
May the living waters of Torah, symbolized in this mikvah,
Embrace me as I embrace Torah in turn.
As I wade through uncharted waters in my renewed life,
May the Divine guide and comfort me, and may I express gratitude, living a life of blessings.
May the people I am joining support me along this current,
And may I be open to their outpouring of love in hard times and in times of joy.

May I emerge from these waters new—and the same;
Open to the new aspects of Torah I will learn—and learned in all the lessons I have learned.
May my family and friends honor this sacred life I have chosen,
And may it be that the waters of this mikvah have washed over me with a touch of Divine love.

May my immersion in this mikvah permit me
A life of community and connectedness,
A life of learning and teaching,
A life of doing good in fulfilling mitsvot,
A life of holiness and Torah,
And a life filled with God’s presence and peace.

Amen.


When recited by an officiant overseeing a conferring of or confirmation of Jewish identity:

May these living waters carry you forward
As you have now immersed deeper into the stream of Jewish life.
May the living waters of Torah, symbolized in this mikvah,
Embrace you as you embrace Torah in turn.
As you wade through uncharted waters in your renewed life,
May the Divine guide and comfort you, and may you, in turn, express gratitude, living a life of blessings.
May the people you are joining support you along this current,
And may you be open to their outpouring of love in hard times and in times of joy.

May you emerge from these waters new—and the same;
Open to the new aspects of Torah you will learn—and learned in all the lessons you have learned.
May your family and friends honor this sacred life you have chosen,
And may it be that the waters of this mikvah have washed over you with a touch of Divine love.

May your immersion in this mikvah permit you
A life of community and connectedness,
A life of learning and teaching,
A life of doing good in fulfilling mitsvot,
A life of holiness and Torah,
And a life filled with God’s presence and peace.

Amen.

Rabbi Jonah Rank’s prayer for affirming one’s Jewish identity in a mikvah was originally published in Ritualwell, here.

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