Mikvah Question

I have been using the mikvah for the last 16 years (whoa, am I really that old??) apart from the few years when I was divorced. I thought I knew all there was to know. The more I read the more I find out there are customs I never heard of. Yesterday we talked about the knife under the pillow. Today I ask a different question. Apparently there is a custom that from the moment a woman immerses in the mikvah, after she comes out, until she has 3 items of clothing on, she is not to say a word other than the bracha (blessing) for the immersion. Is this a known custom? On what is it based? My mikvah lady is a chatterbox, and the conversation only stops when I am dunking, and I would think she would know about this inyan (matter).

Anyone?

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  1. batya from NJ says:

    personally, i never heard about that one & i’ve been going to various mikvahs nearly 20 yrs…

  2. Chanief says:

    Never heard of that one myself either, but it seems like I hear of a new “halacha” every day.

  3. I’ve never heard that one, but I’ve only been using the mikvah for 5.5 years of marriage minus 26 months of pregnancy…and only ever been to three mikvahs.

    *But,* come to think of it, the mikvah lady here in Columbus is always really chatty before I tovel and once I’m dressed afterwards, but never on the way out of the water. She’s older and Russian. Hmmmm.

  4. Nope, I talk to the mikveh lady…and then to myself :)

  5. Rachel Ann says:

    I’ve never heard this.. Love to see the answers…I often say something as I get out and no one’s told me to shut up yet.

  6. Heather says:

    Personally I think it’s rude not to say thank you. The mikvah lady volunteers her time to watch you get naked. Not fun, but necessary. When I come out, I say thank you. For further schmoozing I wait till I’m dressed. I have heard that, but I’m pretty certain it’s a minhag, not halacha.

  7. Frayda says:

    Never heard of this and the mikvah lady and i do talk after my immersion is complete.

  8. Rabbiswife says:

    I rarely talk after immersion, but that’s because I’m sensitive to chlorine and just trying to breathe after coming out of the water. I’ve been to at least 15 mikves in America and Israel and never had anyone seem to deliberately NOT talk. The ladies in Seattle were particularly chatty, but it’s not the frummest area. The lady in the Old City in Jerusalem would always give me a lengthy bracha after immersion, requiring several “ameins”.

  9. TRS says:

    Never heard of it, and I’ve been dunking for 11 years. I’ve been to at least 5 mikvaot in US and Isr. Sounds like voodoo.

  10. No way this is real halacha says:

    Never heard of that. The mikveh lady (a very, very, frum rebbeztin) at the mivkeh I used most frequently would talk my ear off while I was actually standing naked in the water!

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