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Is a woman allowed to go to the mikvah on Friday night?


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Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...

Janine: is a woman allowed to go to the Mikvah friday night?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: yes.

Rabbi Yossi Turk: if the seven days of counting conclude on friday night, then she is supposed to go to the mikvah that night

Rabbi Yossi Turk: there are only two nights a year when a women cannot go to mikvah:1

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Yom Kippur and tishah b'Av

Janine: interesting. why those two nights?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: on those nights, all marital relations are forbidden2

Janine: aha

Janine: thank you

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  • 1. Although there are many times during the year, such as Shabbat or Holidays, when bathing is not allowed, exceptions are made for the sake of the Mitzvah of marital relations and immersion in the Mikvah is allowed.
  • 2. On Yom Kippur we are likened to angels and abstain from humanly pleasures, such as eating, drinking, and physical relations etc. On Tisha B’av we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple, and physical relations are not allowed in a time of mourning. Since marital relations are not allowed there is no point in making an exception for this type of “bathing”.


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Shabbat » Forbidden Activities

Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement. This late-autumn high-holiday is the holiest day of the year. We devote this day to repentance and all healthy adults are required to fast.
A ritual bath where one immerses to become spiritually pure. After her menstrual cycle, a woman must immerse in the Mikvah before resuming marital relations.
The fifth month of the Jewish calendar, normally corresponding to July-August. The saddest month of the year due to the destruction of the Temples, and the many other tragedies which befell the Jews in this month.