Immersion after Rosh HaShanah
7 September, 2012
Thank you for all of your resources on this website. I will be G–d Willing going to the mikva this Tuesday night, which is when Rosh Hashana ends. How do I prepare? Do I need to bathe again on yom tov, or does the bath before yom tov suffice? Thank you very much for your time and care.
When mikveh night falls out following Rosh HaShanah, there are a few options for preparation: (1) leaving preparations for after the festival, (2) performing full preparations prior to the festival, and after the festival showering, combing, cleaning the teeth, and inspecting oneself thoroughly or (3) performing a few, more time consuming preparations prior to the festival (e.g., preparing the nails), but leaving the bulk of preparation for afterwards.
Given that there is often a bit of a rush at the mikveh after a holiday and that women are often fatigued at that point, we tend to favor the second option.
If you have a thorough bath before the festival with mikveh preparation in mind, you need not take another bath afterwards, though in such a case you should still shower before immersion. (In general, a bath is not absolutely obligatory as part of mikveh preparation so long as a woman cleans herself very thoroughly.)
Please write back with any further questions.
Ketivah vahatimah tovah!
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