Seventy Yells in the Mikvah
was staying in Meron for Shabbot. Friday afternoon me and my friend
Yitzchock hitched a ride to Saffsufa the ancient Mikvah of Shmayah and
Avtalyun. We jumped into the freezing water; I did my kavanot and got
out. As I got dressed I could hear Yitzchock yelling and screaming on
top of his lungs.
remembered that on the way to the Mikvah, Yitzchock repeated to me the
Torah of Rebbe Nachman. In the Torah Rebbe Nachman talks about the seventy
spiritual yells a women makes as she is giving birth, these correspond
to the Seventy Words in Mizmor Yancha (Palms 20). He then says that
this Chapter in Tehilim is a Tikun for Pgam Bris. Yitzchock must be
trying some crazy Tikun, immersing for each of the seventy yells.
am standing outside listening to the echoes of the screaming. A car
pulls up; some men get out to immerse in the Mikvah. They hear the sounds,
thinking someone is being murdered they quickly rush inside. A minute
latter they come out, "Oh, its just some crazy Breslever".