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Preparing for mikveh during Nine Days

11 July, 2004

Question:

My mikvah night will likely fall out during the nine days, and I was wondering if there was any difference in how I should prepare (ie – length and temperature of bath, temperature of shower once I get to the mikvah, or anything else I may not be thinking of).


Answer:

Preparation for the mikveh is not viewed as bathing for pleasure and therefore your usual routine is permitted during the nine days. Concentrate on preparing and don't spend extra time luxuriating in the bath. There is debate among halachic authorities about married women shaving body hair during the three weeks, so it is best to check with your rabbi about this.


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