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Ritual impurity related to menstruation

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May a husband and wife swim together while the wife is niddah

According to Halacha, is it permitted for a husband and wife to swim together while the wife is niddah, or no? Would it be considered harchakot and rabbinically forbidden or no?
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Niddah Leftovers vs. Bal Tashchis

Is one prohibited to eat his wife's leftover even if she won't finish it and will be throw away? Please bring authentic halachic sources to support your answer.
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Can a Nidah do Kedushin?

Would a man giving a nidah a ring be an issue, since usually a husband can't hand their wife something when they are nidah? Also, would both of them being isolated for nisuin be an issue?
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How did the Jews in Egypt have children if they couldn't go to the mikveh after giving birth?

This question is based on a few assumptions, which are based on a couple of Midrashim. First of all, Shemos Rabbah 9:10 and Tanna D'Vei Eliyahu Chapter 7 say that the Egyptians were punished with the ...
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If a woman converts to Judaism, is she niddah the first time she has sex

The Halacha is that when a Jewish woman who is a virgin has sex for the first time, she becomes niddah whether or not there’s blood stains. If a woman converts to Judaism, and she had sex prior to ...
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Using dammed river for Mikveh

Is it a halachic option to use a lake that was made from a dammed river for a mikveh? So the river goes from the land to the ocean but it is blocked by a dam to create a lake, would it be okay for ...
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To what extent does halacha dictate the relationship between a male rabbi and a female congregant?

Which, if any, halachot of "Tzniut" apply to the relationship between a rabbi and a female congregant? From what I understand, it is common for a husband to bring his wife's undergarments to ...
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Shimush: Mar'os on Niddah - why does it work?

In Hilchos Niddah, expertise in מראות, examining bedikos or kesamim (intentional examinations, or accidental stains on the woman's undergarments) to decide if they are tamei - which would make the ...
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Chanah Earned Shmuel Through Niddah, Challah, and Ner Shabbos?

Dinonline quotes the Hagahos Maimonos (Zeraim, 30) who suggests Chanah earned a son like Shmuel HaNavi because she was so careful with Niddah, Challah, and Ner Shabbos. I can't find this Hagahos ...
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Niddah customs differences

If a Sephardic/mizrahi man marries an Ashkenazi women, or vice versa, whose niddah custom is followed? From what I understand, Ashkenazim are more stringent on timing than Sephardim/mizrahim, so in ...
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Pulse feeling in ancient times

The Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 195:17 (Harchakos Niddah) rules: אם בעלה רופא אסור למשש לה הדפק: הגה ולפי מה שכתבתי דנוהגין היתר אם צריכה אליו דמשמש לה כ"ש דמותר למשש לה הדפק אם אין רופא אחר וצריכה אליו ...
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Going to the Mikva for fun

I am aware that a pregnant/breastfeeding/post menopausal woman who is not menstruating does not need to go to the Mikva, HOWEVER, I am wondering if theoretically it would be permissible for her to go, ...
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Menstrual flow of 12 years; any leniencies?

If a woman had a menstrual flow that had not ceased for 12 years, how strictly would the rule of Lev. 15:25-30 be enforced in terms of social separation required for such a woman? Would the law be ...
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Niddah leftovers and "Shiirayim"

Is there any connection between the law that one may not eat a niddah's leftovers (שיריים) and the custom Chassidic custom of "Shiirayim" (שיריים)?
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Freezing sperm for later insemination - absent wife question

Many men face the nisayon of desperately needing to release, but are unable while their wife is away or is a niddah. Wasting zera is undoubtedly assur - whether MidiOraysa or by gezeiras Rabbanan or ...
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Sex with a gentile on her period [closed]

In terms of transgression and/or liability: is there a difference between a Jewish male having sex with a gentile woman who is in the midst of menstruating, and a gentile woman that is not in the ...
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Are "Halacha To Moses from Sinai" Undisputed?

I was listening to a lecture in my synagogue in which it was mentioned ( correctly or incorrectly - I don't know ) that a הלכה למשה מסיני - Halach to Moses from Sinai is a law that has never been ...
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Rav Elyashiv Rabbanut Hilchos Niddah Kuntres

Someone who lived in Eretz Yisroel many years ago mentioned that Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt"l wrote a small kuntres under the Rabbanut of the absolute basic halachos of niddah. Is that kuntres ...
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Is there a name for the timeframe when a wife is permissible to her husband?

Is there a name for the time when a woman can have sex with her husband? The Torah tells married couples not to have sex during the period of niddah, when she menstruates until right before the moment ...
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What is permissible on "anything-but" night (סמוך לוסתה)?

Please see here for the source that on the night of a woman's expected menstruation, anything other than "relations" proper is permitted. What acts are included under this permission? Put another way,...
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Hargasha nowdays

There are various reasons that the Poskim nowadays give to explain that there still is a concept of Nidda Min Hatorah despite women not having a Hargasha. From what I have managed to see, there seem ...
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Passing to a Niddah- How can it be Assur?

We already discussed that Rashi was the first one to be noheg not to pass anything to his wife while she was a niddah. here The Galya Masechet qoutes the Rambam who says here that minhagim that ...
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Shimush in Hilchos Niddah

Which Rabbanim or Bottei Horaah offer shimush in Hilchos Niddah? I’m looking for a more formal program where you can sign up and there’s a schedule, testing certification etc. Or, a private Rav who ...
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What constitutes Halachic intercourse during Niddah? [duplicate]

Specifically when it comes to forbidden relationships during niddah and/or the following "clean" days, what constitutes an act of sexual intercourse punishable with Karet? Presumably, a ...
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How to determine if one is disqualified for ruling on bedika cloths

Let's say a person is minorly colorblind, as they failed one or more of the Isihara Tests. How can they determine if they are disqualified for mareh's, examining bedika cloths? If they can see red and ...
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Seforim on Hilchos Niddah

I'm starting to learn Hilchos Niddah be'iyun (in depth). [1] I understand that I need to learn the basics: Tur, Bais Yosef, Shulchan Aruch, Shach, Taz, Pischei Teshuva, and R Akiva Eiger. I wanted to ...
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Delaying a Bedika

If a woman who has a Veset Shelo Kavua and has a makka (cut), can she delay the bedika of the Onah Beinonis a couple of days after when the cut will heal otherwise she will make herself a Nidda with ...
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Dearth of material in Taharas HaBayis on calculating Vesstos

The sefer Taharas HaBayis is R' Ovadia Yosef's comprehensive compendium on hilchos Niddah. It is 3 volumes, with a lot to say about everything, as one would expect from R' Ovadia. However, there is ...
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The disappearance of וסת קבוע and הרגשות

At some point in history, Jewish women used to have very regularly scheduled Monthly cycles, and used to have some sensation that accompanied the onset of menstruation. Both of these play important ...
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When is it permissible for a women to go to the Mikvah during the 7th day?

M'Dioraysa a zavah gedolah can go to the mikvah on the morning of Day 7 as Miktzas Hayom K'Kulo. However, the rabanan were gozer that a women must wait until nightfall to go. The concern is: If she ...
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Food cooked by woman during Niddah?

If according to my Bible translation - please correct me if it is wrong - anything a woman in niddah or a state of tumah, or 'impurity', touches or sits on becomes 'impure', can food cooked by her be ...
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Pushing off a Hefsek Tahara

The Rama in Yoreh Deah 197:2 writes that in some places the practice is that a woman who can go to mikva on Thursday night (or earlier) may not choose to go on Friday night without a valid reason. ...
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Are Jewish women permitted to use birth control that stops menstruation?

Is there any reason that a Jewish woman who has permission from her Rabbi to use birth control could not choose a pill that stops her from menstruating? Although certain birth control pills are ...
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S'feika D'yoma in Niddah

There are several types of vestos (patterns in menstrual cycles) that a woman is able to aquire. One such vesses is the vesses hachodesh, which relies on the day of the (Jewish) month. So for instance,...
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Is there such a thing as "Veset Halom"

One friend of mine told me that his wife always sees a special dream before her veset. Always the same one. Could such think be counted as veset kavua? I understand that technically a dream doesn't ...
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Chemical analysis of Niddah Ma'ros

Is a rabbi allowed/endorsed/obligated to conduct a laboratory chemical analysis of Niddah Ma'ros before he Paskens? Are there precedents? Are there rabbis who perform it on a regular basis?
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Books about Ma'ros of Dam Nidda

I doubt that there are many but I am would be interested to know if there are any Sefarim written about the different colors of blood which render a women impure which are available to the public. I ...
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Family purity by degree

I have the opportunity to reach out to someone who will be getting married soon, to discuss the laws of family purity. He has no real connections to any religious community at this point in life so ...
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Does Tumah Wear Off or Expire from an Object?

Does tumah contracted from a niddah wear off or expire? Like a seat that she sat on? According to the times when the Temple stood? *edited
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Shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits

Does anyone have the shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits which he gives in his Kollel(not his daily Mishna Berura Shiur)? There are only a few on the Jerusalem Kollel website.
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Where in the mishnah/written Torah does it explicitly say that women are supposed to go to the mikvah to complete niddah after menstruation + 7 days? [duplicate]

I realize this is a fundamental aspect of Judaism and I know that the menstruation + 7 days rule is straight from Leviticus, I'm just curious what the source is in the Oral/Written Law for the mikvah'...
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Why is it that you are not allowed to be intimate with your wife during niddah, but you are allowed to eat food prepared by a niddah?

I understand the basis from Leviticus for prohibiting intimacy during the niddah period. The answers to this question say that there is no issue with eating food cooked by a Niddah because "even ...
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Can women pray when on their period?

I've recently learned that Muslim women aren't supposed to pray when they're on their period and do not fast when on their period. I've never heard of anything similar in Judaism. Can women pray when ...
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If your wife requests intimacy in a niddah state, may you refuse?

In general, my understanding is that you are not supposed to refuse your wife intimacy. However, it is also expressly forbidden to engage in intimacy while she is in a niddah state. Does the latter ...
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How can ultrasound be used to resolve a niddah question?

In this post Rabbi Slifkin makes the following statement Somebody once asked the great and underappreciated Rav Nachum Rabinovich, shlita, about whether one can use ultrasound to resolve a niddah ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

The gemara in Ketubot 72a tells us that women wore special clothes when they were in niddah, and thus all the neighbors would know when a woman was in niddah ("הוחזקה נדה בשכינותיה"). This ...
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Niddah and washing

I'm looking for the source of the mitzvah of going to the mikvah after being in niddah. There is a part in vayikra 15 which speak about niddah, but there it says a woman should bring a korban when she ...
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Where can one purchase Kedoshim Tihyu

Where can i buy this Sefer? https://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=57593&st=&pgnum=19 I can't find it anywhere.
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Is chatas neurim tantamount to murder?

I've heard from the Talmud in Nidah and the Rambam that male masturbation is "tantamount to killing a soul." But the question is, does it have the same legal consequences as murder, like in the times ...
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Shomer Negiyah- negated by Mikvah?

If a woman in an unmarried relationship goes to Mikvah, does that allow for freedom of touching in any way, besides for actual intercourse or spilling of seed in vain, between said couple (both ...