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Daytime immersion in lake

25 October, 2017

Question:

My husband is taking a work related trip to another country without kosher mikvah. I will be with him there for 4 days. The mikveh night for me would be while traveling. Is it possible to toivel in the lake on the next day during the daytime hours because it would be dangerous to toivel at night?


Answer:

An immersion between dawn and sunrise (of the 8th day) is equivalent to a night immersion and may be your best option. If you are unable to immerse at that time, it is permissible to immerse during the daytime (of the 8th day or later) when safety is a concern. If immersing during the daytime you may not have relations prior to nightfall.  In this scenario it is preferable not to see your husband between immersion and nightfall. (Assuming no Jewish woman is available to act as "mikveh attendant," your husband should observe the immersion itself both as a safety precaution as well as ensuring that your immersion was kosher.)

Please see our posted questions on the halachic status of a lake as a mikveh, and on immersion in natural bodies of water, for further guidelines.

B'Hatzlacha!


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