Honeymooning For My Health

One of the most beautiful holidays of our year is Sukkot. It’s a camp-out in a “booth”  to remember the time that the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness, dependent on their Designer for EVERYTHING.  They hadn’t entered the Promised Land yet, when they were given the Instructions to celebrate this festival. Moses told them that YHWH had said that they would get to the promised land, and build for themselves “houses of cedar”, and that they would forget YHWH, their God, who had led them out of Egypt. To help them remember that it wasn’t their fancy houses that keeps them safe, and that we are still 100% dependent on our Provider, they were instructed to camp out in “booths”, or “sukkot” after Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur every year. See, Rosh HaShana & Yom Kippur are all about the King / Bridegroom coming home, and being Lord over His Creation, and uniting with His bride, Israel. In that picture, Sukkot is kind of like the “honeymoon.”

The Ancient Hebrew wedding ceremony involved a betrothal ceremony, in which the groom would pay the bride price. Might seem archaic, but at least the guy had to acknowledge that she was worth something, and promise to take good care of her, in writing. Better than having to sue a guy to get child support because he beats her, now-a-days. Anyhow, the betrothal of Israel to YHWH was kind of like the cloud coming down to cover the mountain when they were given the Teaching and Instruction– “If you’ll be faithful to me, and keep my house the way I like it, you’ll have everything you could ever want in life. If you go sleepin’ around with idols, you’ll make yourselves sick, and you can’t live in my house anymore.” …ok, so that’s a HUGE paraphrase of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy, but that’s the gist of it.**

So every year, we’re reminded that we’re totally dependent on our Provider, and we camp out in a “booth,” or “sukkah” in the Fall, and pray it doesn’t rain LOL! This next parallel is where it starts to hit home: part of the Teaching and Instruction in Leviticus says that husbands & wives keep separate beds during her menstruation, and for 7 days afterward, until her mikveh (ritual bath in “clean” springwater or cistern). I’d never heard of such a thing, and was pretty much not interested in separating from Hubby for nearly 2 weeks a month… but then I’d never had any reason to think that direction until I began to have chronic yeast issues after we moved to a moist climate. Those yeast issues gave me cause to investigate all sorts of avenues for correcting the problem– creams, potions, lotions, OTC & Rx drugs, diets of various sorts… and they all failed miserably. I fought it off-and-on for years. Then I read a book by Tehilla Abramov called The Secret of Jewish Femininity.

She mentions the fact that a woman’s PH level changes during menstruation, and doesn’t come back to optimal germ-fighting potential until– you guessed it: about 7 days after the flow has stopped. Waiting this time period– the one that was instructed about 4,000 years ago– has biological foundation to it. Danged if my body didn’t know that one, too! I’m yeast-free now. There’s this added side-effect, too… absence does make the heart grow fonder 😉  Torah is good, and so is the Author.

Standard Disclaimer:

I’m  no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either ;-)   so do your own research and find what works for you :-)

** I’m no rabbi either, so please don’t take my experiences and journey as your Rx for Kosher living ;-)


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