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Can you fulfill Netilat Yadayim by dipping your hands in a sink?

According to the Gemara in Hullin on 107a, if there's a vessel with a hole in it, and there's a "stream" (more than a drip but not necessarily the "sheffoferet hannod" required for a real mikveh) ...
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What defines a valid 'bor', or pool, used to hold rainwater in a mikveh?

I'm considering remodeling my spare bathroom into a mikveh. I can redirect rainwater via gutters through the bathroom window to a 'bor'. I can't dig through the floor to create a pit, naturally, ...
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Do you have to listen to the mikveh lady?

From what I understand when a woman goes to the mikvah there is another woman who watches her immerse (dubbed 'mikveh lady'). Apparently this is for practical reasons to make sure everything is done ...
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Does a tea infuser need to be immersed in the mikvah?

What are the criteria for an item to be required to be immersed in the mikvah before use? Does a loose tea infuser (images below) need to be immersed? You put loose tea leaves into it and then you ...
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What is “Shtopp Zman”?

A prerecorded english language message of a local mikvah informs that the mikvah is open from an hour before Shtopp Zman (approximate phonetic spelling, as I do not know this phrase). The recording ...
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From what materials can a mikveh be made?

Reading sources on constructing a mikveh, it seems that the walls and floor should be made of brick or ceramic. Is any other material possible, such as aluminum, wood, Lexan (plexiglass), or ...
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How does Tum'ah (“Ritual Impurity”) work?

What are the mechanics by which Tum'ah works? How does one detect it, or diagnose someone as Tamei? Certain materials can contract and transfer Tum'ah. Why do these material do so, but others don't?...
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Does a dam invalidate all water downstream of its river for mikveh?

One of the requirements for a mikveh is that a body of water may not be artificially redirected or rechanneled. Does that mean, for example, that an entire river downstream of a dam, either for ...
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How can I identify a stream as fit for mikveh?

I'm trying to understand how to identify a stream as a mikveh. Clearly the stream has to flow. But what sources of the stream are permitted: drainage basin (a.k.a watershed), aquifer, and others?
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Must hand washing be done with pure (fresh) water?

It seems from here both that some types of water are considered too salty to be acceptable for ritual handwashing and that mikvah water is always considered acceptable. I am left wondering what, ...
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Discrepancy in section headings between Tur and Shulchan Aruch

Over here I asked about the source of the section headings in the Tur. In a comment it was indicated that the Tur himself assigned these headings. In most Shulchan Aruchs that I have checked, the Tur ...
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How is one allowed to say a bracha in a Mikvah?

There's an argument (In Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah siman 200) if women say their Bracha in the Mikva itself. According to the Sefardim, they do it clothed (but can do it with water up until the neck), ...
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Blessing on Immersing Vessels to Purify Them

A Mikvah can be used to purify humans or certain vessels which have contracted ritual impurity (Rambam Mikvaot 1 (English)). When humans use the Mikvah to purify themselves they recite a blessing (...
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Most auspicious number of “dunks” in Mikve according to Kabbalah

I recently had wonderful experiences bathing in Mikve in Tzfat--most particularly Mikvah HaAri. I was given basic, general guidelines to bathing there, and my nephew and I enjoyed very exhilarating, ...
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Mikvah on yom kippur?

An 'istenis' (delicate) with regards to the mikvah does not want to go, unless absolutely necessary. Is going to the mikvah on Yom Kippur despite this more important, or is he exempt? Is going to the ...
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Who has the authority to decide that a tevilah (immersion) in a mikvah was valid or invalid?

Can a woman who goes to the mikvah, and realized afterwards that she had barriers on her body, render her own tevilah invalid? Does she need to consult a rabbi? Or the mikvah attendant who oversaw her?...
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Is one permitted to say good shabbos in the mikvah?

One might see a friend at the mikvah and wish to say hello and either being before or on shabbos wish him well. Since shabbos is also considered one of G-d's names is it permitted to use this ...
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Are water exercises in a mikva allowed?

Is there any problem with doing water exercises in a man-made structure designated as a mikva (if, for example, you are alone there). (Obviously in a natural mikva, such as a river or sea, is okay.) ...