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Immersion after Rosh HaShanah

7 September, 2012

Question:

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.


Answer:

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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