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Shavuot night mikveh

18 May, 2009

Question:

I will probably have to go to the mikvah on the first night of Shavuos this year, Thursday night. Since it is the night of Tikkun Leil Shavuos and relations will be difficult if not impossible (we will be staying with family, with our children most likely sleeping in the same room as us, and my husband will be going to learn in shul) should I still be tovel? Or should I postpone it unless I am sure that we will be able to be together?
Thank you.


Answer:

A woman may immerse in the mikveh even when relations will not be possible in order to release the couple from harchakot and facilitate other forms of contact between them.  Therefore, if you are able to immerse on time, we suggest that you do so.  This would also help avoid the long break between preparations and immersion (if you were to immerse on Shabbat).

Do note that, in general, mikveh may be delayed as necessary if both spouses agree.


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