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1,104. Being Supported by Another Woman
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161:12 Another woman may not support the one who is immersing because the water won’t reach the place where she is holding her. In an extenuating case of need, the friend should first immerse her hands in the mikvah and then hold the one immersing. She may not do so with a tight grip buy […]
1,103. Cleaning the Teeth
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161:10 A woman must clean her teeth before immersing in a mikvah because it’s common to find particles of food in the teeth. If she immersed and found something between or stuck to her teeth, the immersion is invalid. Some women have the practice not to eat meat on the day they go to the […]
1,102. Nails, Jewelry
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161:8 There are a variety of issues when it comes to dirt under the nails. The accepted practice is therefore to cut the nails of the hands and feet before immersion in the mikvah, taking care to dispose of them properly. If the woman forgot to cut her nails before Shabbos or yom tov, some […]
1,101. Dye
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161:6 Ink, milk, honey, and the syrup of figs, berries and carob are chatzitzos (interpositions) when dry but not when moist . Other fruit syrups are a chatzitzah even when moist; the same is true of blood. 161:7 Cosmetics that women use on their faces, hands and hair is not a chatzitzah. Similarly, if a […]
1,100. A Bandage
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161:4 A bandage on a wound is a chatzitzah (interposition), as is a plaster that one puts on for three or four months and that later falls off by itself. During that time, it’s impossible to remove without taking some skin off with it. Even if the woman says she’s used to it and it […]
1,099. Wounds
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161:2 Mucus on the outside of the eye is an interposition (chatzitzah) even when it’s moist. Mucus in the eye is not a chatzitzah when moist but it is when dry. 161:3 Dried blood on a wound is a chatzitzah but the lymph fluid that is inside it isn’t. If this fluid comes out, it […]
1,098. Chatzitzos
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160:6 In a place where the practice is for women to immerse after Shabbos or yom tov, a Torah authority must be consulted regarding when to perform the chafifah. 161:1 The woman must immerse her entire body – including all her hair – at one time. Therefore, she must check very carefully that there isn’t […]
1,097. Mikvah on Friday Night
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160:4 In extenuating circumstances, if it is not possible for the woman to perform chafifah by day, she may do it at night. She must be careful, however, to do a thorough job and not hurry. Similarly, if it’s not possible for her to do so at night, she may do her entire chafifah during […]
1,096. Washing the Hair
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160:2 Chafifah of the hair may not be performed with something that causes the hair to become tangled. The practice is to permit shampoo because it cleans well and doesn’t tangle. 160:3 In a place where there is no bathtub in the mikva and the woman prepares herself at home before going to immerse, she […]
1,095. Preparing for Immersion
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159:10 If a bride saw blood before the wedding, if waiting five days would place the wedding before she goes to the mikvah, and if postponing the wedding isn’t feasible, then she can make a hefsek taharah immediately, before twilight on the day she stopped seeing blood. She counts seven clean days starting on the […]