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1,114. (Not) Immersing in a River
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162:12 Many great Torah authorities maintained that immersion in a river is not valid except when the river is small enough that we know for sure that it wasn’t swollen by rainwater or melting snow. This is because rainwater and melted snow only purify when they are in a mikvah, not when they are flowing […]
1,113. Being Discreet
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162:10 A woman should be discreet about her immersion and not publicize the night she goes to the mikvah. She should not go publicly so that people won’t recognize her. Regarding one who doesn’t act in this manner, we metaphorically apply the verse “cursed be the one who lies with any sort of beast” (Deuteronomy […]
OU Kosher’s Primer For the Shemittah Year
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“The laws governing the shemittah year were designed to strengthen the Jewish people’s trust in Hashem and to serve as a reminder that as important as our efforts are, ultimately everything comes from above.  It is an opportunity, every seven years, to witness the manifestation of Hashem’s presence in the world.” As we are little […]
1,112. Reciting the Bracha
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162:8 After the woman has immersed properly, while she is still standing in the water, she recites the bracha that G-d has commanded us regarding immersion. Before reciting the bracha, she should cover herself below with something, at the very least, wrapping her arms around her body as a separation. She should not look into […]
1,111. The Mikvah Lady
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162:6 While a woman immerses, she must have another Jewish woman over the age of bas mitzvah standing by to ensure to none of her hair remains above the water. If she doesn’t have another woman, her husband can fill this role. 162:7 A woman is permitted to immerse on Friday night if this is […]
1,110. Where Not to Immerse
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162:4 The woman may not stand on anything while immersing. If the water is very deep and she needs to stand on a step, she must ask a Torah authority. 162:5 A woman should not immerse in a place where there is a concern that people may see her, as this she will cause her […]
1,109. The Time of the Immersion
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162:2 A woman is not permitted to immerse on the seventh day until after the stars have come out. It is not even permitted to immerse close to nightfall so that she arrives home after dark. If she was delayed and didn’t go to the mikvah on the night after the seventh day so that […]
1,108. Mikvah Night
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161:20 If a woman has tightly matted hair that cannot be separated, it is not a chatzitzah. Even if there are some stands that cannot removed, if they aren’t visible from the outside, they are not a chatzitzah. 162:1 If her husband is in town, it’s a mitzvah for the woman to go to the […]
In Remembrance of Our Loved Ones
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It is customary on Yom Kippur when Yizkor (the memorial service) is recited, as well as on the Shalosh Rigalim (Pesach, Sukkot and Shavuot), to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have passed away.  This practice was referenced as far back as the Talmudic times when it was recorded in Tractate Ketubot 103A that before Reb Yehuda Hanassi passed […]
1,107. Are Lice a Chatzitzah?
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161:18 A woman should not immerse with dust on her feet. If she did, if it was thin dust that would be washed away by the water, the immersion is still valid. 161:19 Lice and fleas do not typically stick to the body. The water reaches these places and they are not a chatzitzah. However, […]