Halacha Tag: niddah

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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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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Hefsek Tahara – Confirming that the Period has Ended

On the fifth day, before sunset, the woman performs a hefsek tahara. A hefsek tahara is a regular bedikah which shows that the period has stopped completely. Thus, a woman who got her period any time between sunset of Shabbat and sunset of Sunday, would do a hefsek tahara on Thursday afternoon, prior to sunset. […]

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Waiting Five Days

A woman must wait a minimum of five days after her period began before confirming that it ended. Included in these five days is the day that her period started. Some Sephardic communities wait only four days. In common practice, most women do not get a clean hefsek tahara before the fifth day. A woman […]

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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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What is Niddah?

A woman becomes niddah when blood leaves her uterus through the cervix. It does not matter how much or how little blood has come out, by Torah law even the smallest amount of uterine bleeding will make a woman niddah. Biblically a woman becomes niddah only if the discharge was one of four colors of […]

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The Reproductive System and Menstrual Cycle – An Overview

The internal reproductive anatomy in the female body includes a few different organs. It is important to understand the different parts of the reproductive system and how they relate to each other. The outermost part of the internal reproductive system is the vagina. This is the only organ of the reproductive system which one can […]

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