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Can I take a shower after immersing in the mikvah?

In Mishnaic times, it was very difficult to find in Israel a mikvah of clean kosher rain water during the dry summer season. Thus it became common...

Do men go to the mikvah too?

The laws of purity and impurity apply to men and women equally. In the times when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem it was Biblically required of...

Is it ever permitted to lie?

According to halachah it is permitted to "bend the truth" in order to perserve family harmony. G-d demonstrated this1 when He told Abraham...

What's the procedure for sheva brachot if there is no minyan?

A minyan must be present in order to recite the sheva brachot. If there is no minyan, only the last blessing of the sheva brachot, the Asher Barah...

What is chalitzah?

A. Chalitzah (pronounced khah-LEE-tzah) means "detachment" or "removal" in Hebrew. It is the shoe-removal ceremony relieving a...

What is meant by "pure" and "impure"?

A. “Purity” and “impurity” are the wrong words for the concept—it’s “positive” and “negative.”...

Can a divorced couple remarry each other?

Not only is it permitted, it is considered a mitzvah to remarry a divorced spouse.  There are two exceptions to this rule: 1) A Kohen may not...

Did baptism originate with the Jews?

Well, it isn't called baptism, but the idea of immersing in a body of water is certainly in Judaism. It has many applications. The primary one is that...

How do I find a nice Jewish girl/guy?

Funny you ask—a lot of people have been asking that question. Firstly, ask yourself: am I looking for whatever rocks my world? Whoever crosses my...

How much water do you need in a mikvah?

Immersion in a mikvah must be total and all-encompassing. The entire body must be submerged at one time in the water. The mikvah must therefore be at...