I've just been reading Maimonides and he says in the Mishneh Torah (Immersion Pools chapter 11)

Therefore the sages have said, if a man immerses himself, but without special intention, it as though he has not immersed himself at all.

So I'm wondering what special intention should one have?


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Actually The Rambam explains here that the intention that one must have is to purify for a specific level of sanctity i.e. for Maaser Sheini (second tithe of produce eaten in Jerusalem), teruma (Cohens portion of produce), for Kodshim (offerings in the Beth Hamikdash) or for sprinkling the Mei Chatas (solution of red cow ashes).

But for the Immersion of a Niddah or Baal keri for sake of eating regular Chullin (non-sanctified food) one does not need intention.

  • Unfortunately this misunderstands the question. This is not the kind of intent being discussed.
    – Double AA
    Jul 22, 2019 at 11:25
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    Thanks so much guys, I was reading a paraphrased passage from "The Maimonides Reader." Have a great day! Jul 22, 2019 at 11:32

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