In a situation where it's winter and two options are available, is it better to toivel in a river or in a lake? Which option is more preferable? Both the river and lake are "medium big".

When I asked the shaila to a renowned posek in the UK about my visit to East Europe where there is no mikva and toiveling stuff there, I was shortly told that "it's ok to toivel in a river in the summer", but when I asked "but it's winter now", I was answered something like "then rather use the lake".

Recently one of my friends, (who btw works in kashrus as mashgiach) told me that a river would be preferable even in winter. So i am asking.

  • You might be able to use snow -- judaism.stackexchange.com/q/23448/5323 – MTL Feb 16 '15 at 0:20
  • See also judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15601/5323 (possible duplicate). – MTL Feb 16 '15 at 0:20
  • KSA 162:12 has info about this- starts with בְּעִנְיַן הַטְּבִילָה בַּנְּהָרוֹת, לְדַעַת הַרְבֵּה גְדוֹלֵי הַפּוֹסְקִים זִכְרוֹנָם לִבְרָכָה, אֵין הַטְּבִילָה מוֹעֶלֶת בַּנָּהָר אֶלָּא בִּזְמַן שֶׁהוּא קָטֹן כָּל כָּךְ, שֶׁיָדוּעַ בְּבֵרוּר, שֶׁלֹּא נִתְגַּדֵּל מֵחֲמַת מֵי גְשָׁמִים אוֹ מֵי שְׁלָגִים, כִּי מֵי גְשָׁמִים וּמֵי שְׁלָגִים אֵינָם מְטַהֲרִין אֶלָּא בִּזְמַן שֶׁהֵם נִקְוִים וְעוֹמְדִים כַּמִּקְוֶה. אֲבָל כְּשֶׁהֵם זוֹחֲלִים עַל הַאָרֶץ, אֵינָם מְטַהֲרִין, אֶלָּא מֵי מַעְיָן מְטַהֲרִין גַּם בְּזוֹחֲלִין. – Danny Schoemann Feb 16 '15 at 14:45
  • lake? What kind of lake can one Tovel in? – Danny Schoemann Feb 16 '15 at 14:45
  • well thats precisely my question where better to toivel - lake or river (in winter)? (BTW I think its very valid question why should anyboby down- vote such question ) – ShoulO Feb 17 '15 at 18:46

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