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

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Natural Bodies of Water

A woman in a state of niddah returns to a state of taharah (ritual purity) only after immersing in a halachically acceptable body of water. A natural spring (ma’ayan) or a natural pool may be acceptable, but as the laws governing them are quite complex, it is best to immerse in a recognized and well-maintained man-made mikveh. If no official mikveh is available, however, one may immerse in another body of water if it conforms to halachic requirements. While an ocean would normally be acceptable, a river may or may not be. Halachic consultation is important.

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