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H/T Yishai Yoatzot.org acknowledges there are differing opinions about this. Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin's opinion is that insertion per se does not render a woman a Nidah; bleeding from removal is attributed to a wound; and bleeding from insertion will depend on the circumstances.


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Likely, the reference is to the story in I Samuel 5-6 where the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant in battle, and were stricken with hemorrhoids and rats whilst they held on to it. After 7 months, they returned the Ark to the Jews along with an offering of 5 Golden Hemorrhoids and 5 Golden Rats from the 5 Philistine cities. It's not unusual for ...



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