A GUIDE TO THE LAWS OF
FAMILY PURITY

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A Woman’s Checklist for the Mikvah

  1. From the onset of your period, did you wait at least five days and afterwards make a proper Hefsek Taharah examination which was completed before sunset?
  2. Did you count your seven clean days afterwards, making two internal examinations on each day?
  3. Have you removed all makeup; i.e. lipstick, nail polish, etc.?
  4. Have you washed and combed all your hair (including underarms, and private parts) making sure that no hairs are knotted or stuck together?
  5. Have you cut your fingernails and toenails? Have you cleaned the area around them?
  6. Have you cleaned your ears, nose, and the corners of your eyes, removing anything caught in the eyes?
  7. Have you cleaned all body crevices including between the fingers, between the toes, the naval, earring holes, etc.?
  8. Have you bathed your entire body, making sure you are entirely clean?
  9. Have you removed all old scabs? If you have scabs that cannot be removed without bleeding, have you soaked them in warm water for five or ten minutes?
  10. Have you removed all splinters which protrude or are on the same level as the skin?
  11. Have you rinsed your mouth and brushed your teeth? Have you used a toothpick to gently check every tooth for lodged in food particles? (Dental floss should only be used if necessary.)
  12. Have you tried to pass water or use the bathroom if you need to before going in the Mikvah?
  13. If you have reused the bathroom, did you again wash over the area?

DOUBLE-CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE ABOVE PREPARATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE.

DO NOT RUSH YOURSELF;

TAKE AS MUCH TIME AS IS NECESSARY.

If after immersing in the Mikvah, you realize that a preparation was overlooked, you should consult a competent Rav, since in certain cases the immersion may have to be repeated.

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