Inyan: The Tahara Process

Tevila – Immersion in a Mikvah

After completing the chafifa, a woman must immerse herself in the mikvah. To properly immerse in the mikvah, a woman must be completely under the water, in a way that the water touches all her skin and hair at once. To best achieve this, a woman should stand with her legs spread slightly, arms extended, […]

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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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Bedikot

A bedikah is performed with a soft, white cotton cloth. The cloth must be completely clean, and should be soft enough to easily maneuver into the various folds of the vagina. Cloths are available at most Jewish supermarkets. They can also be purchased online from https://bedikahcloths.com/ (UK and most of Europe), and from https://www.mikvah.org (USA). […]

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Shivah Neki’im – Seven Clean Days

After a clean hefsek tahara and moch dachuk are completed, one must count seven clean days in preparation for mikvah. Seven days are counted according to the Jewish calendar day. This means that night precedes the day. The shivah neki’im start on the night immediately after the hefsek tahara is performed, and end at nightfall […]

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Moch Dachuk

After a clean hefsek tahara, before sunset, the woman inserts a second bedikah cloth into the vaginal canal. This is cloth is called a moch dachuk. The cloth remains inside until after nightfall. The cloth is then removed and examined for any red stains. If the cloth is clean, she is assured that her period […]

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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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