Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mikvah on Shabbos


We have said that one may not bathe his entire body in warm water on Shabbat, lest he heat up water for that purpose on Shabbat. Therefore, men who go to mikvah on Shabbat should be careful not to have warm water.

However: A woman who goes to mikvah and finds that the water is warm may still immerse, on the assumption that the water is only warm to her sensitivities, but that it would not be considered warm for other women. This is because we are dealing with immersion for the sake of a mitzvah, and the prohibition involved is rabbinic.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 4:74:Rechitzah 2)

Have a great day,

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