What the Success of "Mikva the Musical" Says about Orthodox Judaism Today

By and for Orthodox women, Mikva, which has affinities with The Vagina Monologues, opens up a once-secretive ritual while staying firmly in line with tradition.

Mikva the Musical.

Mikva the Musical.

Observation
Aug. 13 2019
About the author

Sarah Rindner is a writer and educator. She lives in Israel.

On a June evening in the suburban Orthodox mecca of Teaneck, NJ, a long line of women snaked outside a small independent theater that rarely sees much of a crowd. They were waiting to see Mikva the Musical, which came to the U.S. for a weeklong, women-only run following a successful stint in Israel.

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