In the responsa of Rav Hai Gaon (4:8) there is a record of a ceremony conducted after a marriage is consummated wherein the sheet displaying virginal blood is produced and a blessing (or perhaps several blessings) is made. This is known as Birkat HaBetulot and according to sources cited by Professor Marmorstein (The Jewish "Blessing of Virginity", Journal of Jewish Studies, Volume 1, Number 1) was in practice as late as the 15th century.

I would like to know if this ritual is still practiced and if not to see if there is any information as to when it ceased (Rambam in his responsa seems to denigrate it, but the practice persisted after his time).

  • Some people still say it judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/22176/…
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 5 at 14:36
  • I'm guessing but not certain not saying it might be based on the question, "how would you know the difference between blood of virginity and other blood?".
    – Dude
    Commented Jul 5 at 19:35
  • @Dude there are qualified rabbis that can tell the difference.
    – ElonMusk
    Commented Jul 7 at 3:51


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