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

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
  • donate
Side Bar

Daytime immersion before wedding

4 January, 2011


Hi: I'm originally from Venezuela and live in Israel. I'm getting married in a couple of months and have heard that here in Israel people go to the Mikveh only at night, as opposed to my country where before the wedding they go during the day. Is it true that you're only allowed to go at night? Why? Are there any exceptions?


Mazal tov on your upcoming wedding!

In general, mikveh immersion is permissible only at night.  Mikveh immersion during the day on day seven of the clean days could be invalidated by bleeding before nightfall and thus is prohibited.  Immersion on day eight or later could give the impression that immersion is permissible on day seven during the day; it is thus prohibited by rabbinic decree except for special circumstances. 

There is a special exception made for brides, who are permitted to immerse during the day.  In Israel, common custom is for brides to immerse at night like other women.  If you strongly prefer a daytime immersion prior to your wedding, you may be able to arrange this with the mikveh in advance.

Please get back to us if we can be of further assistance.

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

Accessibility Toolbar