Questions tagged [mikvah-ritual-bath]

Questions pertaining to the construction, immersion, and requirements of a mikvah (ritual bath), as well as understanding the requirement of people (ex: ritual purity after menstruation, a convert) and objects (newly acquired utensils) to immerse.

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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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Who's responsible when someone runs into the Mikvah upon my swipe

Many Mikvahs these days have a gate that opens upon swiping a pre-paid card. I've had many times where a person will stand there and wait for me to swipe and go in with me after I swipe my card. Do ...
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Mikva immersion with stoma (respiratory tube)

Some cancer patients have a stoma. This means they don't breathe through their mouth or nose but through a tube cut into their throat. It is covered by a filter which has to be changed daily. Water ...
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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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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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Repeatedly ill after going to Mikvah

A number of times after my wife has been to the Mikvah (but not every time) she is ill on that night with symptoms very much like a stomach bug and each time has been up for hours in the night in a ...
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How are mikva fees set?

Mikva fees seem high relative to swimming pool fees (iun the USA). For example, two local swimming pools near me charge under $10 while the mikvaot charge $20-$30+. What factors do or should go into ...
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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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NonJews in a MIkvah (not in the water)

Is there any halachic reason why a nonJew should be forbidden from going into a mikvah room (not into the water) without a Jew present? (e.g., for cleaning or for other purposes)?
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Is a contraceptive diaphragm considered to be a chatzizah for mikvah immersion?

In comparison with many intrauterine contraceptives, the diaphragm is "readily removable" by the female user between uses. Would an inserted diaphragm be considered a chatzizah for mikvah immersion? ...
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Is there a halacha [either modesty or taharah] against more than one woman at a time immersing in a mikvah for T'vilah?

Is there a halacha [in either modesty law or taharah law] against more than one woman at a time immersing in a mikvah for t'vilah, (ritual imersion), (If each woman's tvilah was supervised properly by ...
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Oversight in mikvah preparation; is her husband guilty?

Ordinarily, if we make an honest mistake in our efforts to do a mitzvah--or we do an inadvertent aveira--we are, at least to some extent, forgiven. In any case, our liability, and our obligation to ...
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How much snow for tevilah?

In respect to tovelling dishes in the snow, this discussion concludes that who knows what the Shulchan Aruch holds, but the Rema allows such a practice in times of need. But just how much snow? After ...
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Does an ice machine need tevilah?

I know different things need to be dipped in a mikva. Theoreticaly, does an ice machine need to be dipped in the mikvah (when its ice maker is built from stainless steel)?
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Does anyone have a design for a stand alone Keilim Mikvah to be built next to a Shul?

We are planning to build a stand alone keilim Mikvah next to our shul building, but can't find detailed plans. Does anyone have plans, drawings or details about construction?
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Is it permitted to use the ocean as a mikvah during the nine days?

Is one permitted to use the ocean as a mikvah during the nine days, or does the prohibition against swimming make it not-permitted?
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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 invalid after the fact?

Can a woman who goes to the mikvah, and realized afterwards that she had barriers on her body, render her own tevilah invalid? Or is it considered valid after the fact even if, had she known, she ...
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Water as a chatzitzah

I learned that Birkei Yosef holds that non-mikvah water may be considered a chatzitzah. That is why we make sure our hands are completely dry before we wash them ritually. It may be why some are ...
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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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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.) ...
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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?