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Mikveh & Sunday Tisha B’Av

4 August, 2005

Question:

My mikvah night falls out on motzai Tisha B'av. However, this year Tisha B'av is on Saturday night/Sunday. When and how is the best way to prepare in these circumstances? Should i just do all preparation on Sunday night? The fast is over rather late (almost 9pm) and by the time I eat and prepare, it will be very late and I dont want to feel rushed. Please let me know if these are things I can do even on Friday to begin preparing, i.e. my nails, etc…

Thank you.


Answer:

Normally you would perform as much of the chafifah as possible on the day before the fast so that you will not feel rushed after the fast. Since this year Shabbat is the day before Tisha B'Av, you should do all preparations on Friday, and try to the best of your ability to avoid chatzitzot on Shabbat and Sunday, repeating all necesary preparations on Sunday night after the fast (you won't have to repeat cutting your nails or shaving if that is your custom).

You should bathe or shower, wash and comb your hair, and brush your teeth again after Tishah Bav, just before immersion. As always, don't forget to thoroughly inspect your body and hair for barriers just before immersing in the mikveh.


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