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Friday night far from mikveh

22 February, 2004

Question:

I will be in a city where the mikvah is not within walking distance. I may be ready to immerse Friday night, Should I in the first place not do a hefesk tahara so that it ends up on friday that I have to go to the mikvah? Are there any reasons that one can delay going to the mikvah?


Answer:

Although one can only delay immersion in extenuating circumstances, you should perform your hefsek taharah on time.  Your plans may change or you may find an alternative.   

If you cannot alter your plans or accomodations, perhaps you could light candles early, stipulating beforehand that you are not accepting Shabbat until after arriving at the mikvah, drive there (arriving before candle-lighting time, at least eighteen minutes before sunset) and walk back.


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