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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, […]
1,106. Eyes, Nose, Ears
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161:16 The woman immersing should not close her eyes too tightly because doing this forms folds. She likewise shouldn’t open them too widely. Rather, she should close them loosely. 161:17 She must remove the mucus from inside her nose but what is higher up is not a chatzitzah. She must likewise clean her ears. Some […]
1,105. How to Stand in the Mikvah
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161:14 A woman should not immerse standing upright because there are places on her body that become concealed by doing this. She also shouldn’t bend over too much so that parts of her body press against one another. Rather, she should bend over slightly so that her genitals are exposed, the way one stands when […]
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 […]