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)
- You trimmed and cleaned your nails.
- You removed hair that you are particular about.
- You soaked (or removed) scabs.
3. Did you do a thorough chafifah?
- You washed your hair with warm water and shampoo.
- You combed the hair on your head, and combed other hair or separated it with your fingers
- You washed your body, taking care to clean folds and creases, eyes, ears, nose, nipples, navel, teeth, and toes.
4. Did you inspect yourself (iyun)?
- You checked visible areas by looking (perhaps with the aid of a mirror), and checked other areas by touch.
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