Q & A Board - View Post
Author:  Stephen
E-mail:  not available
Date:  6/5/2005 2:36:00 AM
Subject:  Mikva Ladies
Message:  In regard to how far the duties of a Mikva Lady extend when checking for chatzitza, etc., I cam across an interesting Teshuva of Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch (Deputy President of the Beis Din of the Eida Charedis in Yerushalayim). It is Siman 201 in Volume 4 of Teshuvos VeHanhogos.

He says that some people claim that it (the Mikva Lady checking the woman's whole body, rather than just her hair when she is in the Mikva) puts off women from going to the Mikva, but nonetheless he approves of what seems to be aan ancient practice.

What say you?

Reply:  Kol hamosif gorea.
Is it a Gemarah, Rambam, Mechaber, Rama, a Rishon or Acharon. It was a Minhag from somewhere. That doesn't allow us to impose it on the rest of K'lal Yisroal, just because some town had a Minhag.
Maybe Sephardim shouldn't eat Kitniyot on Pesach because some people have a Minhag not to. A minhag is for the town, city, community or country that accepted it.
Maybe the town that originally had that Minhag, did it because the Rabbanim felt it was a needed process for any number of reasons.

Back to the Q & A Board