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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 109

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Positive Commandment 109 (Digest)
Immersing in a Mikvah (Ritual Pool)

"He shall bathe all his body in water"Leviticus 15:16.

A person who chooses to become cleansed of any ritual impurity is commanded to immerse in a mikvah [a natural pool of water]. According to the tradition of the Oral Law, for a mikvah to be kosher it must contain enough water for [an average] person to submerge himself within them—unless it is a moving stream of water, in which case even the smallest amount of water suffices [for a smaller than average individual, or for immersing a ritually impure utensil].

Some details:

  • Of all the types of ritually impure people, only the zav requires immersion in a moving stream of water.
  • This mitzvah is not obligatory. As long as an individual has no intention of entering the Temple Mount, he may remain in his ritually impure state.
  • An individual's purification process is not finalized until the sun sets on the day he immerses.
  • There may not be anything separating between the person's body and the waters of the mikvah.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
A constant fire shall burn upon the altar; it shall never go out.
  –Leviticus 6:6
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