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Timing of Friday immersion

17 August, 2004

Question:

I will likely be able to go to the mikvah this Friday night. The nearest mikvah is a 45 minute walk from my home, and I have to bring a friend to be a shomeret. I am sephardic and my husband is ashkenaz. I believe that the allowable time for tevila is significantly earlier for sepharadim than for ashkenazim. Would it be permissible for me to immerse at the earlier time this shabbat and in general? Thanks for your help.


Answer:

A sefardi woman may immerse as early as shekiah. You might also consider lighting candles after p'lag haminchah, stipulating that you will accept Shabbat only at regular candlelighting time, and then taking a car service on your way to the mikveh.


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