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 teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.


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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