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Hashem_n_Farfel




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 9:15 pm
Do you go?

Every year women go to the mikvah erev Yom Kippur
Don’t know why
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yiddishmom




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 9:19 pm
Ye. Minhag.
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thunderstorm




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 9:27 pm
It’s more of a Chasidish minhag. I’ve never went.
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BetsyTacy




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 9:37 pm
I never heard of this minhag before imamother.
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shanie5




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 9:43 pm
thunderstorm wrote:
It’s more of a Chasidish minhag. I’ve never went.


Many yeshivish women go to.
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BH Yom Yom




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:02 pm
shanie5 wrote:
Many yeshivish women go to.


This.
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Hashem_n_Farfel




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:07 pm
I’d like to go this year but I’m scared of icky water
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Blessing1




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:08 pm
thunderstorm wrote:
It’s more of a Chasidish minhag. I’ve never went.


It's not a chassidish minhag. Women of all walks of life go.
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amother




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Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:27 pm
Not OP, but if you go, do you know any reason why you do it besides that it's a minhag? It's a minhag in my family and I went most years. I have a very hard time doing it without understanding or being inspired.
(Anonymous, asked irl)
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amother




Dodgerblue
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 11:07 pm
I'm from chassidish background and my kallah teacher made it sound mandatory. First year married, at work eruv Yom Kippur. I called my mom about 3PM on the way home, to wish her an easy fast and a gut yom tov. I mentioned I'm on my way home from work and she asked me if there's places open so late, as she'd always done it first thing in the morning. She told me she'll try to find someplace. Meanwhile I called husband and he said he will call his Rav, who said that although he thinks it's the right thing, if I can't find someplace it's OK, especially as I haven't done it before so it's not like I already have established chazaka. The next year I just called in advance and told him my day is very stressful with work, meal, eruv YT prep, etc and I don't want to go. He said ok it's not a must. I'm married a lot more years by now and no longer work eruv YK, but never went.
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amother




Natural
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 11:16 pm
I love going, it just feels right. There’s no chafifa and no bracha, just a quick dip.
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amother




Periwinkle
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 11:35 pm
BetsyTacy wrote:
I never heard of this minhag before imamother.


Same here. Wouldn’t be possible in my community as they turn the women’s mik over to the men erev YK.And then it has to be drained, cleaned, refilled and rebrominated before women can use it again in the usual way.
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amother




Gray
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 11:47 pm
You only go if you are not nidda.
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pause




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 11:47 pm
amother [ Periwinkle ] wrote:
Same here. Wouldn’t be possible in my community as they turn the women’s mik over to the men erev YK.And then it has to be drained, cleaned, refilled and rebrominated before women can use it again in the usual way.

Erev YK women use it the same way that men do. No chafifah, dunk, no bracha...

Many women go the night before also; it doesn't have to be on erev YK day.
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agreer




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:05 am
My machzor says it's a "minhag yisroel" that women go before y'k

It may have gotten lost along the way, but it's definitely not a chassidishe minhag
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amother




Denim
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 1:01 am
Hashem_n_Farfel wrote:
I’d like to go this year but I’m scared of icky water

It does get murky. The women don't necessarily wash off their makeup before they get in. I tried it for 2 years and then said its not for me. I find peparing for the seudas brings me more spirituality than the process of waiting and dipping mid day.

It was cleaner and easier the time I went the night before, right when they opened before it got busy, if you're interested.
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gande




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 1:01 am
go early in the morning when they open up if you want it to be clean.
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amother




Turquoise
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 1:03 am
amother [ Gray ] wrote:
You only go if you are not nidda.


You can go during 7 clean days not sure about when there’s the actual blood flowing. It’s very different you don’t even need to take off your jewelry.

Also I wonder how it will be this year because of corona, a bunch of ladies waiting together, no time for sanitization between rooms and all the chlorine in the world won’t help. The Mikva gets gross.
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Zeleze




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 5:35 am
Its just 2/3 dips and out, and yes I go as my mother went too

But at least here in Jrsm the Mikvas erev YK are disgusting, smelly, dirty, long lines and many pushing in, old women asked for Derech Eretz from the yinger ones, and if you wish a porivate room then It's a real long wait, otherwise it's like a mens one I imagine

I hate it and still go, and they still charge you for it like around 25 Shekel
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lilies




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 9:08 am
amother [ Silver ] wrote:
Not OP, but if you go, do you know any reason why you do it besides that it's a minhag? It's a minhag in my family and I went most years. I have a very hard time doing it without understanding or being inspired.
(Anonymous, asked irl)


If it's very hard for you to do, being that it isn't mikvah night, you can probably take a shower with specifics, instead. Ask!

Aside for being a minhag, mikvah is a purifying concept. I'm sure there's a mystical reason behind this minhag.
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