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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When was the first Mikva built in the USA?

When was the first Mikva built in the USA?
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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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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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knife under pillow after mikveh?

My sister told me her Rebbetzin had a minhag: If after going to the mikveh she did not have relations with her husband that night, she should sleep with a knife under her pillow to fight the evil ...
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Ritual immersion for the cantor

I pray with Chassidim. Before someone begins to lead the prayer, they ask if he underwent ritual immersion that morning. Is there a (and if so, what is the) source for this requiring the cantor to ...
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Mikvah with three additional chambers

I was looking at documentation of a mikvah being constructed, and it confused me. In addition to the immersion pool, this mikvah had three additional chambers. From what I have gathered, they appear ...
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Do ceramic salt and pepper shakers need to be immersed in a Mikvah before use?

Considering that salt and pepper shakers aren't used to eat food with directly, nor are they used to make food, do they have to be immersed in a Mikvah before using if they are ceramic?
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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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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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Can a man go to the mikva on shabbos and yom tov?

Can a man go to the mikva on shabbos and yom tov ? What are the issues involved ? What about a warm mikva ?
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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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Does porcelain require immersion in the mikvah?

Does porcelain need to be immersed in the mikvah? What do ashkenazim hold? How about sefardim? And hassidim?
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Sofek d'rabbanan by tevillah of an isha

Normally we say "sofek d'rabbanan l'kulo" and will be lenient in a case of a doubt that is only an issur d'rabbanan. I have heard that there are poskim who say this doesn't apply in the case when ...
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Why do women and girls not immerse before prayer?

According to Lubavitcher Rebbe, daily ritual immersion is a commendable practice, as a praying Jew is likened to the kohen who would always immerse before his avoda. Why do the women of those ...
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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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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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Tovelling food on Shabbos

I've heard this before many times that food that was left under ones bed that now has on it "ruach rah" can be "purified" by tovelling the food in the mikveh (perhaps someone can help with a source ...
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Must a non-Jew who eats trief or a nevaila immerse himself?

Vayikra 17:15: And any person, whether a native or a stranger (gair), who eats carrion (nevaila) or what was torn (trief), shall immerse his garments and immerse himself in the waters, and shall ...
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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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How many Judges need be present at a Mikva for conversion?

The halacha states that 3 judges have to witness the person who goes into the mikva for conversion. According to Biblical law, are 3 necessary (assuming mikvah is needed) and is the conversion ...
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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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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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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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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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Punishing the diligent niddah

In general, a niddah should not postpone immersion. According to current universal custom, after observing a disqualifying stain, a niddah must observe 7 clean days before immersion, whereas 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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are lice considered a chatzitza?

Are lice considered a chatzitza, an interruption between the body and an immersion pool (mikvah)? I got asked this question and thought they were not so because they were small and not dense, but I ...
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if a woman went to mikveh after 7 days is it kosher bedieved?

There is a tradition in Orthodox (not Conservative) to keep niddah like a zava- meaning 4-5 bleeding days and then 7 additional clean days. In the Torah, niddda is 7 days and then mikveh. This was the ...
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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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What is Ezra's Immersion / טבילת עזרא

What is Ezra's Immersion / טבילת עזרא and: Why was it canceled? How was it canceled?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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when does a mikve purify a person

Does a mikve purify a person when he/she is totally inside the water or when he/she emerges from the water? please source and also provide a reason for why it is so. it would seem to me that the ...
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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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Can you dry yourself on shabbos?

May one dry himself with a towel on shabbos after using the mikvah? If not, why not? If yes, why?