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Rescheduling immersion

11 November, 2015

Question:

I am supposed to go the mikvah sunday night but I have a doctor's appointment for my son in the late afternoon and a bat mitzvah in the evening. My husband is out of the country and is returning Sunday late afternoon and I won't see him till the evening. Would I be allowed to go Motzei Shabbat? It would make my Sunday manageable. If not, I don't know when I would be able to go.

One more thing that may or may not be important –– I had a hefsek tahara Shabbat afternoon and then Sunday afternoon I had a spot that was questionable. Since I knew my husband would be away I simply did another hefsek tahara Sunday night and did not ask. The spot was small and on a pantyliner but a questionable color, reddish brown. My bedika Sunday morning was fine and so was Sunday afternoon.


Answer:

Mikveh immersion may not take place a night early.  However, in your case, we can consider the stain you saw on the pantiliner Sunday afternoon as a stain on a surface that is not susceptible to impurity (davar she'eino mekabel tum'ah, for details read our articles on stains and feminine hygiene pads). Therefore, the stain did not invalidate your clean days and you may immerse Saturday night as originally scheduled.  

Note that there are sometimes local customs about immersing when a husband is away, but the halacha is that it is permissible to do so.

In the future, please ask questions when they arise, even when it seems that it will not make a practical difference.  We will be happy to help you.


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