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 a lake be used as mikvah during the day for niddah?

If there is no mikvah building, but only a lake nearby, is it okay to use the lake during the day rather than the night (because of concerns for getting hurt or the water being too cold or the lake ...
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What's the Conservative-level interpretation of mikveh requirements for a convert?

If a person wants to convert to Conservative Judaism, let's say the child of a Jewish father and gentile mother, what are the actual requirements in terms of going to a Mikveh? My current ...
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Removing Niddah status without a mikvah

Is it possible to remove the status of Niddah without a mikvah? I've heard from other people you can remove certain levels of impurity with a shower and possibly other ways (no sources though) so I ...
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Difference between Chabad mikvaos and other mikvaos?

I've heard from some rabbonim and educated laymen that there are some differences between Chabad mikvaos and the more standard ones. This makes it so Lubavitch women can't use any other mikva. Is ...
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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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Can an item toveled by someone non-religious be used?

If a cooking pot was expressly intentionally toveled in a kosher mikva by someone who is not religious (intentionally does not keep shabbat, kosher etc.) and did not make a blessing, but followed all ...
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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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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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Using mikva under owners conditions

I recently passed a keilim mikva which is located in a highly congested area.There is no charge to use the mikvah. Right above the mikva there was a big sign that said " you do not have permission to ...
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Has anyone published a “Mikvah rating”?

I don't enjoy reporting this, but the fact is that each year when I go to the mikvah on Erev Yom Kippur, by about 2 -3 hours after the mikvah has opened, the water looks murky and disgusting. The ...
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Conversion without Mikavah

Is a Mikavah process required per Halahah for the conversion process? With no Mikvah process, can the conversion certificate be issued? Is that certificate valid? Can that person observe Shabbat as ...
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Are metim toiveled in regular mikvaos?

I just learned that metim are toiveled as part of the preparation for burial. I assume this is done in a mikvah. I assume this is not the same mikvah that the living use to toivel themselves or their ...
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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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Mikva and makeup on yom tov

If a woman is due to go to the mikvah on yom tov, is there any heter to remove/add makeup on yom tov? This is a very serious question because if a woman doesn't wear any makeup an entire yom tov, it ...
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Wearing Contact Lenses in the Mikvah [duplicate]

Can one have on ones contact lenses while in the mikvah? Or does one have to take them off?
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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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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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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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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 the rainwater enter the bor?

Tap water that comes from natural springs cannot serve as mikvah due to water pipe and pump system. I am interested then, how does the rainwater enter the bor? If it can not go trough pipes or filters,...
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How does one create a mikvah in a region without precipitation?

How does one create a mikvah in a desert? (IOW, it never rains or snow here). This is not quite theoretical - IIUC, it is a real problem in, say, some parts of Egypt. PS. The source of drinking ...
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Mikva tumah zera tahara [duplicate]

So it sounds kind of ridiculous but i was once reading online about men using a womens mikva and somewhere it said that they cant because they might get zera in the water and it impregnate the women ...
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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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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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Can I toivel in a mikveh two hundred times in one minute?

When men are toivel in a mikveh for either tosefes kedusha or for tevilas Ezra there is an accepted idea by some that the more often you are toivel in succession the better it is or the more kedusha a ...
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How many times should I make sure to dip when I toivel in the mikveh?

I've seen men who are toivel daily or on Erev Shabbos for "tosefes kedusha" have different minhagim for how often they toivel. Some people make sure to fully dip 3 times and some have some other ...
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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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Where are the 24-hour keilim mikvaot in NYC?

Can anyone help me find a 24-hour keilim mikvah in NYC, preferably Manhattan or Brooklyn? (NOT the East River.) There must be a ton of them, but it's surprisingly impossible to find a listing online.
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Can mikvah water become tamei?

Can mikvah water ever become tamei from people's immersion? How does this relate to the essentially "living" quality of the water moving through the mikvah? Related: using a men's mikvah twice ...
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Does using the mikvah for conversion make you tahor for marriage? [duplicate]

Does one become tahor for all purposes by using a mikvah for a single purpose? For example, if a giyores converts in the mikvah, is she then tahor for marriage? I ask because the converts I know have ...
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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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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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How early can a woman go to mikva after period?

Is there a way in which a woman wouldn't have to wait 5 days after the start of menses, starting the count of 7 days earlier in order to go to mikva?... I would like to hear a clear answer for a ...
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What is “Shtopp Zman”?

A prerecorded english language message of a local mikvah informs that the mikvah is open from an hour before Shtopp Zman (approximate phonetic spelling, as I do not know this phrase). The recording ...
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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?
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Looking for a list of Mikva'ot in the U.S. or Canada that have ramps

A while ago, someone asked me if there are any mikva'ot in the U.S. or Canada that have ramps or some other means for a woman who has trouble navigating steps to enter the mikvah? Does anyone know if ...
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What defines a valid 'bor', or pool, used to hold rainwater in a mikveh?

I'm considering remodeling my spare bathroom into a mikveh. I can redirect rainwater via gutters through the bathroom window to a 'bor'. I can't dig through the floor to create a pit, naturally, ...
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From what materials can a mikveh be made?

Reading sources on constructing a mikveh, it seems that the walls and floor should be made of brick or ceramic. Is any other material possible, such as aluminum, wood, Lexan (plexiglass), or ...
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Can hot tap water touching rainwater frozen by winter create a valid mikveh?

I'm considering building an outside mikveh, with the freshwater section above the rainwater section (with two holes between them, classical "bor al gabai bor" halachic design) but there is no ...
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May a mikveh immerse by shower rather than by tank?

I'm considering the construction of a mikveh that will conserve on tap water and the heat needed for the tap water to be comfortable. The rainwater section would have the necessary legal volume. It'...
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Rings as chatzitzahs for bread, mikvah, washing

A woman who makes challah in her rings may leave them on for al netilas yadayim. (Source.) Does this mean she could leave them on for mikvah, too? Why or why not? (I understand the answer is almost ...
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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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Menstruating on Wedding Day

What happens in the case of a bride menstruating on her wedding day or her menstruation ending a few days before her wedding day and cannot go to the mikvah? Does the rabbi refuse to perform the ...
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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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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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Restrictions/rules of men submerging in a Mikvah (according to Halacha)

My family has had many beautiful experiences bathing in Mikve in Israel. We are wondering of there are restrictions in the number of times one can submerge in the Mikvah. There are 2 questions, but my ...
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Most auspicious times for bathing in Mikve according to Kabbalah

I am interested in the Kabbalistic answer to this question (below) because of my interest in the deeper spiritual experience and philosophical knowledge, but if you know of an answer according to ...
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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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Is one permitted to say good shabbos in the mikvah? [duplicate]

One might see a friend at the mikvah and wish to say hello and either being before or on shabbos wish him well. Since shabbos is also considered one of G-d's names is it permitted to use this ...