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Invited to wedding

6 January, 2003

Question:

I have a wedding the night I am supposed to immerse in the mikvah. The wedding starts before sundown, so I would not be able to go to the mikvah before the wedding, and it ends after the mikvah is already closed. Is it permitted for me to delay immersion until the next night, or should I leave the wedding early? Thank you.


Answer:

It is preferable to immerse as soon as possible.  Try to arrange for the mikveh attendant to wait for you. Most mikvaot are willing to make such special arrangements, sometimes for an additional fee. If it is not possible to make an appointment at a reasonable hour after the wedding, then speak with your husband and decide together whether to leave the wedding early or whether to wait till tomorrow night.  Since he is affected by your status, he should be part of the decision. 


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