Ask the Rabbi - Customs and Practices

Mikveh and Midrash

Q: Immersion in a mikveh / reading the Midrash

Q: 1. What is “Rav”? Does it mean Rabbi? A: Yes
2. Is a Noahide allowed to immerse himself in a mikveh (a ritual bath)? A: Yes, as long as he does it with the intention of purifying himself but not with the intention of becoming a Jew.

3. If the answer is yes, what are suitable words or a prayer for a Noahide to recite when immersing in a mikveh?  A: “vezarakti aleichem mayim tehorim utehartem mikol tum’oteichem umikol gilulechem ataher etchem” (“I will sprinkle pure water upon you and you will be purified. I will purify you from all your uncleaness and from all your fetishes”) (Ezekiel 36:25).

4. Are we allowed to read the Book of Midrashim? This is the only book we have, we don’t even have a Tanach yet. A: You can read it. You should be aware that it is a book of oral law and it does not state historical facts.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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