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Difficult night time drive

29 August, 2004

Question:

I will soon be moving to a rural (snowy) area, and see that the nearest mikvah is over one hour away. I don't feel comfortable driving that distance, and into the city area at night. My husband may be able to drive me occasionally, but he will be traveling a long way to his job and driving me on a weekday would add 2 more hours to his 2 hour/day commute. I am wondering what the halacha says/or is there any possiblity of going during daylight hours should the need arise?


Answer:

There is room in extenuating circumstances to allow immersion during the day on the EIGHTH day or later. However, this would need to be approved by the local rabbi who supervises the mikveh. It would thus be best to discuss your situation with him. Perhaps he could also think of some local solutions (e.g., women coming from a similar direction) that would allow you to immerse at the usual time, on the night after the seventh day.


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