Halacha Tag: ketem

Type of Material

The halachot of ketamim are derived from the halachot of ritual impurity. Therefore, only stains found on something which is susceptible to ritual impurity are considered ketamim. The laws of ritual impurity are beyond the scope of this discussion, however, we will list a few practical examples of this halacha. Paper, toilet paper, and paper […]

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Colored Clothing

Ketamim only make a woman niddah if she found the ketem on skin or white clothing. If she found a ketem on colored clothing, she is not niddah. Light colors are considered colored and a ketem found on a light colored garment will not make a woman niddah. If a ketem is found on a […]

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Introduction To Ketamim – Stains

According to Torah law, a woman only becomes niddah if she sees blood through a normal uterine discharge, in the way of a regular period. However, the Sages decreed that if a woman finds blood on her skin or clothing the woman is niddah. It is important to note that blood found on a bedikah […]

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Which Blood is Niddah Blood

Only uterine blood can make a woman niddah or have the halachot of a ketem. Blood that originated from the outside of the cervix or from the vaginal canal does not render a woman niddah. If a woman can identify a non-uterine source for the blood found, the woman is not niddah. If, when doing […]

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Becoming a Niddah

There are a few different ways which may give a woman the status of niddah. The most common reason a woman becomes niddah is when she has her regular period. A woman who has a period is a niddah deoraita, whether she had a hargasha or not. A woman who finds a stain on her […]

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