Lingering doubts about tevilah
11 November, 2008
I went to the mikva tonight and during my third immersion I felt something glide on my foot possibly a hair or something. I told myself it was nothing and considered my tevila kosher and left the mikva however now it is making me nervous in my head and I can't seem to get it out my mind even though I have told myself that the tevila was fine. Can you tell me if this could have in anyway hindered my tevila? My husband is currently away so it is possible for me to repeat if really necessary. Thanks for your help.
As long as you performed your preparations thoroughly earlier that day and inspected your body carefully for barriers prior to your immersion, you can presume that your immersion was valid. Especially in this case where you are not certain whether there was anything on your foot, and that sensation could simply have been the water itself gliding over your foot. Further, even if only one immersion out of three was valid, you still are tehorah.
In sum, do not worry about your tevilah, it was fine. Try not to dwell on these lingering doubts. Once you have immersed, you should focus your mental energies elsewhere (your relationship with your husband, etc.) and try not to think about your immersion anymore.
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