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After mikveh, doubts about cleaning piercings

15 January, 2017


I went to the mikva on Thursday night and started to have doubts on Shabbos if I cleaned the holes of my pierced ears.

I have four piercings and do remember cleaning the first two, but I can't clearly remember cleaning the other two holes of my pierced ears.

Would this cause any issues with my tevilah?


Since you know you cleaned two of the holes, you can assume that you cleaned the outer part of your ear normally. This is sufficient and there is no need to immerse again even if you didn't clean the other two piercings thoroughly.

In general if a woman has doubts about her chafifah while still at the mikveh, she should clean the questionable areas and immerse again. However, once she has returned home, and especially if she and her husband have already had relations, many (but not all) chatzitzot are treated leniently and there is no need to reimmerse.

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