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Yom tov far from mikveh

22 September, 2012


I am scheduled to go to the mikvah on Sunday night, which is the first night of a two day yom tov. I will be unable to go to the mikvah on yom tov since I will not be near a mikvah. What are my options? Should I just prepare on Sunday and then go on Tuesday night when yom tov ends? Or is it permissible to go early (Saturday night) and refrain from marital relations until Sunday night?

Please advise.



The seven clean days cannot be shortened, even if a couple will refrain from relations. 

In cases such as these, it may be possible to shorten the five-day wait prior to beginning the clean days.  If by some chance you performed a bedikah on Shabbat, please get back to us with details. 

Sometimes, a mikveh is too far way for a two-way walking trip, but not for one way.  If there is a possibility that you could be dropped off at the mikveh prior to the holiday and manage the one-way walk back, that would be worth exploring.

If there is absolutely no way to immerse on Sunday night, then immersion will have to wait until after yom tov.  Most preparations can be performed prior to the holiday, but you should shower, comb your hair, brush your teeth, and inspect yourself again just prior to immersing.

Gemar chatimah tovah!

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