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Rosh Hashanah abstention & mikveh

22 September, 2004

Question:

I am supposed to go to the mikva the first night of Rosh Hashana. However, we hold that during Rosh Hashana, being that it is the time of judgement, my husband and I do not have relations. Should I still go to the mikva or can I wait until after Rosh Hashana? And, if I wait can I go to the mikva on Friday night even though I had postponed my tevila?


Answer:

Mikveh immersion does not only permit marital relations; it also allows other physical contact and removes the requirement for harchakot. It might be worth it to you to use the mikveh for this purpose alone even if you will not have relations.

On the other hand, some couples do not want to be in a situation where relations have become permissible but must be avoided. This is a personal decision for the two of you. If for any reason you postpone mikveh immersion until after Rosh Hashanah, you are allowed to use the mikveh Friday night.

An additional factor is whether or not you and your husband have fulfilled the mitzvah of procreation. If you haven't, there is further room to permit having relations even on Rosh Hashanah.


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