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Tahor App is a Miami-based organization which created an app to allow women to "anonymously send pictures of their Bedikah cloths to a Rabbi with Tahor app’s Rabbinically approved technology."

May this app be used? Have any rabbis explicitly approved or disapproved of it?

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First, some background information: Tahor is an application connecting women with rabbanim to answer questions on bedika cloths. The application uses various techniques to ensure proper color and size calibration.

The app developers state clearly that the app is only meant to be used for "women who either cannot, or do not, ask their Taharat Hamishpacha questions to a Rav."

We at Tahor completely encourage all women to bring their bedikas to their Rav. However, we recognize the fact that many women do not do this. It is for these women that Tahor app was created. Our goal at Tahor is to make sure all these women can be included in this mitzvah.

Their rabbinic authorities are

  • R K. Auman, the former president of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Dean of the Yoatzot Halacha Program in the United States
  • R E. Davis, a YU graduate and the Morah D’asrah at the Young Israel of Hollywood, FL
  • R Ariel Edry, a Talmudic University graduate who serves as a rav
  • R D Bixon, a YU graduate and the Rav of Beth Israel in Miami Beach

The app has generated some opposition: for instance, from R Sholom Ber Shuchat, a Chabad Rabbi and Dayan from Agudas Harabonim of the US and Canada, who came out against its use. (See here and there for Tahor's response, and here for additional opposition from Chabad rabbis).

Ultimately every woman should ask her own rabbi if he supports the use of this app for cases where she cannot direct her questions directly to him.

  • Small point: Are you sure it's only meant to be used בדיעבד? "If you are traveling and don’t have access to a Rav, or you don’t normally ask your Rabbi family purity questions..." One of these sounds like שעת הדחק, the other לכתחילה. – WAF 2 days ago
  • You are right and I edited to also update some of the language and reflect the latest iteration of their site. Thanks! – mbloch 2 days ago
  • Although this site encourages people to ask 'their rabbi', adding that on about a site which is geared to people who don't ask their rabbi seems strange. – user6591 2 days ago

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