Halacha Tag: separation

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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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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Chafifa – Preparing for Mikvah

Before immersion in a mikvah, it is necessary to be completely clean from any barrier that can come between the woman’s skin and the waters of the mikvah. Barriers include any foreign substance, even small amounts, which are on the skin. How to do Chafifa On the day of mikvah, one should refrain from eating […]

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Introduction to Vestot

There are halachot applicable specifically to the time a woman is expecting her period. This time is called the vest. In Biblical times, and until recently, most women would get their period at a set time. Their cycles were very consistent. The period would either come on the same day of the month every time, […]

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Heker (Reminder) When Eating at One Table

A heker is something which makes something clear to people who see it. In regards to this halacha a heker is something on the table that reminds one not to eat the wrong food (שו”ע יו”ד פח:ב). If there is a heker on the table, it is permitted to eat meat at a table which […]

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