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Parshas Vayikra - Mikva Musings
Sefer Vayikra, which we begin this Shabbos, in addition to discussing the laws of Korbanos and other Kohein related topics, discusses the laws of purity. One of the fundamental requirements in becoming pure after one is ritually impure, is to immerse in the Mikva.
What is the meaning and depth to immersing in a pool of water?
The Chinuch suggests that the concept of Mikva is as follows. At the beginning of creation before Adam was created, the world was just full of water. Immersing ourselves completely in the water of the Mikva is a symbolic act to teach us that we can now get off to a fresh new start, as if it is the beginning of the pure pristine world again.
I'd like to suggest an addition to this Chinuch. We discussed several weeks ago that water is associated with the Mida of Chesed. Many of the ritual impurities are related to sensual behavior or are a byproduct of the sin of Adam and Chava which had many a sensual component to it. The Seforim teach us that sensual lusts and acts are the force of chesed gone awry and channeled improperly. Hence perhaps we have to surround ourselves with water-the mida of chesed, life, and vibrancy- to remind us to redirect our chesed and our dynamic energy towards the proper outlets and venues.
May we all take this lesson to heart to always know we can get off to a fresh new start in Avodas Hashem, and to to remind ourselves to not abuse our passionate energy but rather try to channel it towards it's proper medium.