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Checklist for Tevilah


Many women find it helpful to have a checklist of basic mikveh preparations. You can review this list just before immersing to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


1. Is this the right night?

  • You counted the four- or five-day minimum after becoming niddah, before beginning the shivah neki'im
  • You did the hefsek taharah one week ago (e.g., hefsek on Monday afternoon for a Monday night tevilah)
  • You completed your shivah neki'im, including the required bedikot

2. Have you removed all chatzitzot?

  • Clothing, jewelry, bandages, contact lenses
  • Dirt, ink, makeup
  • Contraceptive ring or patch (or other medical patch)
  • Nails have been trimmed and cleaned
  • Hair you are particular about has been removed
  • Scabs have been soaked (or removed)

3. Did you do a thorough chafifah?

  • Hair has been washed with warm water and shampoo
  • Hair on the head has been combed; other hair was combed or separated with your fingers
  • Your body has been washed, with care taken to clean folds and creases, eyes, ears, nose, nipples, navel, teeth, and toes.

4.  Did you inspect yourself (iyun)?

  • Visible areas were checked by looking (perhaps with the aid of a mirror), and  other areas were checked by touch.

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