Halacha Tag: harchakot

Restrictions While Eating

One Table When a couple eats together, they need to have a reminder that they are in a state of niddah, and that the meal should not become overly romantic. It is forbidden for the couple to eat together at one table without a heker.[1] A heker is anything with a little bit of height […]

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Touching and Passing

Affectionate touch is forbidden by the Torah.[1] Chazal added on to this and prohibited all forms of touch.[2] To prevent a couple from touching even by mistake, there is an additional prohibition: a husband and wife may not pass objects directly from one to the other. Ashkenazim, and some Sephardim also prohibit throwing an object […]

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Sensitivities While Niddah

A couple must avoid putting themselves in a situation where there is excessive lightheadedness or giddiness which may easily lead to intimate situations. The couple must avoid frivolous interactions, and flirting with one another, as this can lead to a desire for intimate relations. This does not mean that a couple cannot make jokes, or […]

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Harchakot – Overview

The Torah prohibits sexual relations between a husband and wife during niddah, as well as other forms of intimate physical expression, such as hugging and kissing. Intimate touch is forbidden from the Torah. Chazal added a series of restrictions, called harchakot, on the conduct of a couple during the time of niddah. These restrictions are […]

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