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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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-...
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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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Embarrassed to go to mikvah

My friend is embarrassed about exposing his body when going to the mikvah for nocturnal emission. How should I comfort him as a friend and tell it's importance? Is there any solution for his problem?
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A Mikveh used alternatively by men and women

In a situation where a mikva is used at different times by both men and women, is there a need to change the mikva water between uses?
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A wife wants to stop going to the mikva. What does that mean for the husband?

If a wife sees no value in keeping the laws of family purity, and wants to stop going to the mikva, what are the halachic ramifications for the husband? The answer that I'm looking for is what ...
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Discrepancy in section headings between Tur and Shulchan Aruch

Over here I asked about the source of the section headings in the Tur. In a comment it was indicated that the Tur himself assigned these headings. In most Shulchan Aruchs that I have checked, the Tur ...
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Sefarim on Hilchos Mikvahos

I'm learning Hilchos Mikvahos (YD 201). I'm learning Tur, Bais Yosaf, Shulchan Aruch with the Nosa Kalim. Does anybody know of any good sefarim on mikvoas.
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Post-Partum Separation Question

If a woman has a boy, and goes to the mikvah 14 days after she has the baby, even though she is still bleeding. Assuming the couple won't have relations, are they "over" any aveira?
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Can a man walk by a womans Mikvah

Someone just told me that he was taught that a man should not walk by a women's mikvah at night Is this true? Is there a source for this?
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Can you use carbonated water for washing?

Inspired by this question but I believe different because its not related to drinking. Can you use carbonated, and even flavored clear water (seltzer) to do things that require water such as washing ...
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Taking a Shower after the Mikvah

Is there any problem with taking a shower after dipping in the Mikvah? I once heard there was.
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Why does water purify?

The Torah states that immersion in a mikveh of water purifies a person from Tuma (spiritual impurity). Why does water do this? Is there some kind of spiritual powers imbued in water? Or is this just ...
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Why not cover yourself when saying a b'racha in a Mikveh?

From Adam and Chava people started to cover the nakedness of the body. But how come one can say a blessing in a Mikveh while being naked?
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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 ...