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Rabbi Akiva said, “Happy are you, Israel. Before whom do you cleanse yourselves? Who cleanses you? Your Father who in Heaven. It is written, (Ezek. xxxvi. 25), “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you will be clean”; and it is also written, “The Mikveh (hope, or legal bath) of Israel is the Lord.” As the immersion bath purifies the unclean, so does the Holy One, blessed be He, cleanse Israel.

Yoma Chapter 8

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2 September in History

In 1926, today is the birthdate of department store mogul, political activist and philanthropist Betsy Bloomingdale.

23 Elul in History

On the 301st day of the great Flood, Noah sent a dove for the 2nd time from the ark. This time, the dove stayed away all day; “the dove came in to him in the evening, and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off; and Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth” (Genesis 8:11).

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