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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Halachic considerations for Uranium Glass (Depression/Vaseline Glass)

Uranium Glass is a type of glass created with Uranium, a radioactive element, added to the mix. Would there be any differences in the way this glass is Halachically treated, versus regular glass (such ...
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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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Intex Pool Mikveh for Men?

Does dipping in an above-ground pool, that sits atop of padding on top of the lawn, satisfy the requirements for a Men’s Mikveh?
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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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Forbidden to immerse, as opposed to doesn't work?

I was learning Pesachim, and on 17b I saw Tosafos say the following: דבתוך הכלי ודאי אסור לטבול מדאורייתא It is definitely biblically forbidden to immerse something within a vessel (as opposed ...
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Where in the mishnah/written Torah does it explicitly say that women are supposed to go to the mikvah to complete niddah after menstruation + 7 days? [duplicate]

I realize this is a fundamental aspect of Judaism and I know that the menstruation + 7 days rule is straight from Leviticus, I'm just curious what the source is in the Oral/Written Law for the mikvah'...
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Using a puddle as a mikvah

A wide held requirement for the minimum volume for a kosher mikvah is 40 se'ah. Is it permissible to use a 40 se'ah puddle as a keli mikvah? Are there additional requirements such as a minimum depth, ...
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Is Mikvah a rabbinical law or Torah law?

Many Jewish Laws today require Mikvah, such as Shabbat, YomKippur, Nidah, Conversion etc. Is Mikvah a rabbinical law or Torah law? From the Torah, we don't see the above law, however, today, it is ...
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Does the Talmud discuss the origin of Mikvaot?

Archaeology has uncovered hundreds of ancient mikvaot in Israel. They all date from the Second Temple era or later. This suggests that when the Torah instructs one to "wash" himself to remove tumah, ...
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Is it possible to build a mikvah for personal use as an orthodox Jew?

For example, if your wife would prefer not to use a public one and wants to install one in your house? Is there anything to be aware of if you're considering doing this?
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Postponed mikvah and counting

A woman that made a Hefsek Tahara and counted for 6 days, but then didn’t count the 7th and didn't go to the Mikvah since she was not going to have sexual relations. Another 10 days passed. Can she ...
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Aruch Hashulchan on municipality water for a mikvah

According to this article, Aruch Hashulchan allowed municipality water to be used for a mikvah. Below is the direct quote from the article. Where can this Aruch Hashulchan be found? In the late 19th ...
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Best App to Track your Mikvah Dates

Looking for the best period tracker and mikvah (לוח מקווה) calendar to simplify my mikvah calculations. It should be available on Android phone and able to send reminders and notifications about ...
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Amah, tefach, and pi

I have a question on Eruvin 14a bottom which says that Shlomo's pool was round, had diameter of 10 amot and thickness 1 tefach, and circumference 30 amot (we learn from this that halachically pi=3). ...
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Makeup for Mikveh on Friday Night

Are there any sources for a leniency for a woman to wear make-up when her Mikveh night falls on a Friday considering it is not technically a Chatziza? Suppose the woman feels uncomfortable without ...
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Can a woman cut her nails for mikvah even if it's the “wrong” day?

There are many discussions of when the fingernails can and cannot be cut according to halacha and minhag. It is very hard to ascertain anything coherent from this information, other than that Friday ...
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Erev Rosh Hashana 5781 - mikvah via 'tes kavin' [duplicate]

Given the nature of the pandemic Rav Hershel Schachter amongst many others have advised against going to the mikvah (see here) in letter dalet: Instead people are being advise to 'dip' via a shower ...
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Niddah and washing

I'm looking for the source of the mitzvah of going to the mikvah after being in niddah. There is a part in vayikra 15 which speak about niddah, but there it says a woman should bring a korban when she ...
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Yalkut Yosef Mikveh [closed]

Can someone please post a photo of the page in Yalkut Yosef where he says one going to a cold mikveh he can think shemos hakedoshim and by a hot one a person can't.
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How is a mikve filled in for the first time?

I am wondering how one fills a mikve for the first time? Most of the works I consulted on the topic (e.g., the very good document here or Artscroll Mishna Mikvaos) mention "forty seah of rainwater ...
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Shomer Negiyah- negated by Mikvah?

If a woman in an unmarried relationship goes to Mikvah, does that allow for freedom of touching in any way, besides for actual intercourse or spilling of seed in vain, between said couple (both ...
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Ice for mikva now that mikvaot are closed [closed]

Since now there is a difficulty with mikvaot. Can one make ice in a freezer put it into an empty mikva and then warm it up. Would that be kosher. https://www.koltorah.org/halachah/creating-a-mikveh-...
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Can I convert a pool into a kosher mikvah (for wife)

With Covid and the health concerns about going to a mikvah. I was wondering if it's feasible to convert our pool into a fully kosher mikvah (for the wife to use). Given that tzniyus concerns are ...
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Mikvah during UK COVID-19 Lockdown [closed]

The UK is currently under a strict lockdown, prohibiting the leaving of one's home for any other than the following purposes:gov.uk Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, ...
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Is a bathtub a good mikvah on a Biblical level?

The Torah requires a mikvah to be used for specific cases of tumah. I heard in a lecture that there is one opinion who thinks that it is good even halachikly, but I don't know the reason for that. ...
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What leniencies are available for women who ovulate before mikvah night?

What leniencies are available for women who ovulate before mikvah night (due to shorter than average cycles), and therefore most likely cannot get pregnant while following the laws of taharas ...
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Is there a keilim mikvah in Williamsburg

I have few items I need to toivel. Where can I find a keilim mikvah in Williamsburg? Unfortunately I couldn't find any good resources online. Google maps didn't help either. Much appreciated!
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May someone enter a mikvah with a wheelchair?

I think my question would be more applicable for women than men, as women's mikvah is obligatory. If a person is disabled and, say, has no one to assist going into the mikvah. S/he has a wheelchair ...
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Can more than one person be in a mikvah at the same time?

Perhaps, this is an overly "trivial" question. But, at all the mikva'ot that I have attended, only one man was in the mikvah at a time. Perhaps, this is merely a space issue. But, is there any halacha ...
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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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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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Is synthetically generated water Kosher for Mikve? [duplicate]

Following "was-beer-miryam-kosher-as-a-mikve", Water can be generated synthetically from hydrogen and oxygen (don't try it at home!). Is this water Kosher for Mikve dip?
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Was Be'er Miryam Kosher as a Mikve?

Following "did-the-bnei-israel-go-to-the-mikveh-in-the-desert": Based on our Halacha, given its divine supernatural essence, would Be'er Miryam be Kosher as a Mikve, if its water would pour out to a ...
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Where did the Bnei Israel go to the Mikveh in the desert?

Our Sages in Yevamot 46b and Keritot 9a in the Bavli say that the requirements for a proper conversion are bringing a sacrifice, Mila, Kabalat Hatorah and immersing in a Mikvah. The Gemara in ...
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Picture Mishnayos for Masechtas Mikvaos

Does anybody know any good picture mishnayos for masechtas mikvaos. There is no Mishnah Behirah on it.
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When does a pot/pan need to be toveled?

If I buy a pot/pan with intention to only use it a few times and then discard it (away on vacation and no intention of bringing it home) does it need to be toveled?
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With what intention should you immerse in the Mikvah?

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 ...
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Loosely holding utensils in a mikve - halacha development

The Rambam (Hilchot Mikvaot 2:11) does not allow loosely holding a utensil in a mikve When one holds another person or an implement and immerses them, they remain impure. This applies even if he ...
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The status of an unused mikvah

I think I learned that a synagogue even after it is no longer being used as such retains some measure of a special status (though I don't know if the word "kedusha" would attach) which limits what it ...
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Why is there no gemara for Mikvaot? [duplicate]

I've been told that Niddah is the only masechet in Taharot with Gemara because it has practical applications even when there is no temple. But the halachot of Mikvaot are just as important nowadays ...
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Mikveh or 9 Kav?

The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chayim 88:1 states: Baal Keri is permitted in Torah, reading the Shema, and prayer without immersion and without washing with nine Kabs of water, Is bathing in 9 kav ...
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Building a Mikva Upstairs

Every Mikva I am personally familiar with is on the ground floor (first floor) or basement of its building. Let's say a congregation owns a one story building they use as their shul. They agree to ...
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Going to men's mikva at night

Is there any issue for men going to the mikva at night? The customary thing seems to be to go before davening in the morning, or in the afternoon on erev Shabbos or Yom Tov, or at dawn on leil Shavuos,...
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a girl who has been raped - mikvah

Could a Jewish teenager go to the mikvah if she is not married and has been raped? If a girl has been raped is it acceptable for her to go the mikvah in order to cleanse herself or is this not ...
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May one immerse in a body of water that was used for baptism?

Is there a problem with a Jew immersing him/herself in a mikvah or river area (such as the area in the Jordan River) that was previously used for avodah zarah, e.g. for baptizing? I am talking about ...
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Why dunk three times in a mikva?

Some Ashkenaz women dunk once in a mikva, some twice, and some three times. What is the basis or rationale for dunking three times?
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Does a tea infuser need to be immersed in the mikvah?

I don't know 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 ...
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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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Wedding, menstruation, and the mikvah. What does one do?

When does a bride go to the mikveh for her wedding? Need it be before, or can it be after? What if she thinks that she will still be bleeding at the wedding? What sources are there that provide ...
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Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation?

Wayikra 15:16-18 טז וְאִישׁ, כִּי-תֵצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ שִׁכְבַת-זָרַע--וְרָחַץ בַּמַּיִם אֶת-כָּל-בְּשָׂרוֹ, וְטָמֵא עַד-הָעָרֶב. 16 יז וְכָל-בֶּגֶד וְכָל-עוֹר, אֲשֶׁר-יִהְיֶה עָלָיו שִׁכְבַת-...