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Jacob and Israel

The Rav Name: Rabbi Meir Arad

What is the significance or explanation when the name of Jacob is interchanged to Israel from time to time and sometimes in the same sentence [i.e. Gen.46:2].
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

It is permissible for a woman to perform her ritual immersion, tvila, in a lake, only in the event that there is no available mikve (ritual pool) and if she does not use the lake, her immersion will have to be delayed. Also, the water should not be flowing, and it should be done with guidance from a Rabbi in order to clarify additional details.