Important Message Regarding This Lesson

The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides' 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

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.