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Is there any problem with taking a shower after dipping in the Mikvah? I once heard there was.

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A man or woman? – Shmuel Brin May 4 '12 at 23:14
When a mikvah, is a mikvah of muddied water it is still permitted for use as a ritual bath, however after ritually bathing you would be covered in mud, although ritually purified. It therefore makes sense to have a secondary bath or shower afterwards. – Digitaria Apr 7 '13 at 16:39
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The source for this is Shabbos 14a and Yorah Deah 201:75 Rama.


As in many Halachos there is a Machlokes. In summary according to the custom of the Ashkenazim, a woman should not bathe or shower after immersing in the Mikveh. Sepharadim, however, do not follow this custom, and thus Sephardic women may bathe or shower immediately after immersion without any concern.

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Does the same apply to men? – yydl Jun 22 '11 at 0:40
Hm. The reason given for the preference (not prohibition) for not showering immediately afterwards is that people may think it's the shower, not the mikva, that did the purification. This would be funny with regards to men, as for a men's mikva the concept is tevilat Ezra, which actually can be fulfilled by a shower! My guess is there's no need to add what's only a preference for Ashkenazic women, on top of the meritorious-but-unrequired practice of men using the mikva, especially as the reason doesn't apply. – Shalom Jun 22 '11 at 0:59
@Shalom - It is not a universal consensus that a[n unqualified] shower suffices for men either. – WAF Jun 22 '11 at 1:46
It is definately a problem by ladies. By men it is not such an issue as you mentioned. – Gershon Gold Jun 22 '11 at 1:49

There is a story of a great Rav (no official source) who would shower after the mikvah. When asked about his custom he answered:

Before going into the mikvah I shower because of the mitzvah "ואהבת לרעך". When coming out I shower because of "כמוך".

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Shouldn't that be the other way around? I.e. the mikva is for one's personal purity, while the shower is for one's fellows' olfactory comfort. – Isaac Moses Jun 22 '11 at 13:57
@IsaacMoses, I assume this means that the shower before was so he wouldn't dirty the mikve, and after in case others had. – msh210 Jun 22 '11 at 15:29
@msh210. Oh, right. I misread the comment a bit. – Isaac Moses Jun 22 '11 at 15:36
I heard the quote as: "I take a shower before because of V'ahavta Lre'acha K'mocha. I take a shower after because some people aren't makpid on V'ahavta Lre'acha K'mocha." It's supposedly attributed to R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach over here – yydl Jun 22 '11 at 17:55
@yydl I've heard both versions and prefer the first (from a humor point of view). Thanks for the link, but "they say" isn't really a source, which is why I didn't feel comfortable mentioning Rav Auerbach zt"l's name. – David Perlman Jun 23 '11 at 6:16

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