I recently saw on Wikipedia something I had never heard before: that for newlyweds, "a bride counts only four days before performing a hefsek tahara, instead of the usual five." No citation was provided and I am not sure what this means, or it if is true.

  • Is this true? What is the source?

  • What defines a "newlywed" couple? Is it for the first year of marriage, the first cycle, or...?

  • Does it have anything to do with whether the woman is a betulah at marriage?

Related: Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi

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This opinion is cited in the Taz YD 193 sk 4 and 196 sk 5. The idea is roughly that for hymenal bleeding, which only effects a Niddah Derabanan, there is no need to be stringent to add a 5th day. After any ordinary menstrual bleeding, this wouldn't apply. "Marriage" technically has nothing to do with it.

  • Seemingly, this logic would apply a fortiori to Dam Tohar.
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 16:25

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