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Spending too long on preparation

17 August, 2014

Question:

I find that I spend a lot of time and might be too particular about cleaning and checking my body before tevila (in preparation at home and at the mikvah). I would like to streamline the process and not spend unnecessary time preparing. Would you have any advice regarding this matter?


Answer:

It is hard to know where your time is going.  In general, many women find it helpful to use a checklist and just go through it systematically, not taking any more time than the specific area requires.  If you suspect you are being overly particular, it is very likely that you are. We welcome any specific questions.

It is also important to keep in mind that many stringencies are built into the laws of mikveh preparation, so that a woman making a genuine effort is unlikely to wind up with an invalid immersion.


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