Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
Menu

Friday night concerns

27 October, 2004

Question:

It looks like I'm going to have to go to the mikvah Friday night. I have a few concerns:

1. I have long, very curly hair. At the best of times, it gets caught and knotted, even when it's dry and tied back. When it's wet, it's pretty unmanageable. How do I make sure it won't be a problem for tvila? Can I brush my hair at the mikvah first?
2. Also, I am usually in shul Friday night, and my absence may be noticed (especially if my husband is there but I'm not). What's the best way to avoid this problem, so that he isn't put in the position of having to answer uncomfortable questions from people who mean well?
3. Can I "pre-pay" for the mikvah, so I don't have to go back afterwards? I hate the idea of owing them money (especially if this is likely to repeat itself every month!), as I'm concerned we may not pay as promptly as we should.


Answer:

1. Try tying it back with a series of elastics. This generally prevents knots. Also, try using conditioner (rinse it out well) as this may also decrease the knots and tangles. You can separate strands of hair by hand at the mikveh or use a soft brush, avoiding pulling out hairs.

2. Come up with an excuse in advance such as you did not feel well or you got home late and needed to collapse,(understandable on such short Fridays). Just know what he will say so you are consistent in your stories. Not being perfectly truthful is permissible in these circumstances.

3. There should be no problem to pay in advance – just contact your local mikveh lady and ask how to arrange (mail it in, bring it over etc).


This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

For further questions or comments: 

The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.


Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.