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About Mikvah

About Mikvah

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What is a Mikvah?

A mikvah (or mikveh) is a small pool used for ritual immersions. A proper mikvah contains a minimum of 40 SE'AH (about 87 gallons) of undrawn water (not filled by bucket or by metal pipes). In general, if there are more than 40 SE'AH, of undrawn water in the mikvah, then the remainder of the water may come from any source.

 

Natural lakes, whether or not fed by streams or rivers, qualify. However, these waters are often  inaccessible or dangerous and have problems of inclement weather and lack of privacy. Jewish life therefore requires the construction of mikvaos, and this has been done throughout the ages, in every time and circumstance. Indoor mikvahs, such as the mikvah at STBC, may be used when they meet stringent halachic standards.

 


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What is Tvilah in the Mikvah?

Tvilah: Immersion in the waters of the Mikvah

A Mikvah - ritual bath - is a pool filled with water. The construction of the pool, the source and quantity of the water, as well as the manner of filling the pool, must meet all the requirements of our sacred Jewish law. All this must be done under the supervision of a competent Rabbinical authority. Also, the Mikvah must be constantly under Rabbinical supervision and inspected regularly.

The information available on our links is a general guide. Please call Rabbi Silberberg with any particular questions.

Women may first call Mrs. Silberberg for clarification of any questions they may have. The ladies mikvah is fully stocked with all necessary supplies.

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