Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Braces and mikvah


Ritual immersion in a mikvah requires that the water be able to come in contact with all surfaces of the body. An interruption between the water and the body is called a chatzitzah.

Orthodontic braces do not constitute a chatzitzah if the wires are somewhat loose. There may be grounds for leniency even where the wires are tight; see the responsum for more.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 1:96)

Have a great day,

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