A previous question discusses whether men should avoid showering after using the Mikveh. I have heard specifically that the Ari Z"l frowned upon this. Can anyone please quote the source, if one does exist?

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The source is Pri Eitz Chayim Sha'ar Hashabbos Chapter 3. (Quoted in Kaf Hachayim Siman 260 Sa'if Katan 4.)

  • Hi Meir, many thanks for answering. I have looked up in Kaf Hachaim and it is not clear about not showering. In the Pri Etz Chayim in Chapter 4 there is a comment about the Ari Zl not drying off the water of the Mikveh after immersing prior to Shabbos as he wanted to absorb the water of Shabbos. Is that what you were referring to? If so does that apply the rest of the week or have I missed the source altogether? Many thanks
    – user2817
    Commented May 29, 2013 at 13:05
  • I understand it doesn't say about showering after Mikvah. However he does write at the very end of Sa'if Katan 4 "According to סודם של דברים one has to FIRST wash himself... and AFTERWARDS to Tovel". Accordingly this implies that washing oneself before Toveling removes the unwanted "elements" and Toveling brings the Kedusha unto the person. Commented May 30, 2013 at 2:24
  • Many thanks. I will have another look at the Kaf Hachayim.
    – user2817
    Commented May 30, 2013 at 13:08

In tractate Gittin, I'll try to find exactly where, there is mention of a rabbinic decree that actually caused drawn water to bring on ritual impurity. Rashi explains the reason.

Mikvehs used to be in caves, where the water could get, for lack of a better word, yucky. The rabbis saw that people would regularly bathe after going and wanted to make it clear that the post-immersion bathing played no part in the purification process.

How that translates to halacha nowadays, I have no idea, but this gemarah came to mind when I saw this question.

Edit: Here's the source: http://www.dafyomi.org/index.php?masechta=gitin&daf=16a

10 lines down, and in Rashi, who brings down shabbos 14a:


14 lines down.

  • The reason is in Gemara Shabbos. Though we don't go to mikva for Tahara (or only Tamei people would go) Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 21:39
  • @ShmuelBrin Why do "we" go then?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 1:15
  • @DoubleAA either because of laws of Nidda (for women) or "Tosfos Kedusha" for men. Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 2:00
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    @ShmuelBrin Niddah is tumah... And what's Tosfos Kedusha? I thought you went to remove Keri (at least miderabanan) because of the potential prohibitions involved in Takkanat Ezra? Why would someone not Tamei Keri go to the Mikva (aside from lo plug type reasons)?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 3:25
  • @DoubleAA Tumas Nidda is different from Issur Nidda. The Badei Hashulchan (the bottom of the Ktzos Hashulchan) said that it's not truly because of Takanas Ezra, as unmarried people go also. He said that's why one can go to Mikva on Shabbos since it's not Tikun Mana (he has a long piece where he argues on the Mishna Brura regarding going to Mikva on Shabbos) Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 5:16

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