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Questions tagged [niddah]

Ritual impurity related to menstruation

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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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Do permanently unmarried women need to go to the mikvah?

Is the purpose of a woman's going to the mikvah so that she can permit herself to a man (be he her husband or any potential husband), or is it for her own sake? The nafqa mina is that of a woman who ...
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What is the punishment spelled out explicitly in the Torah for having relations with a post-menstrual woman who has not gone to the Mikvah?

The accepted halacha is that one who has relations with a woman who is a niddah is punished with kares. But if a woman is no longer menstruating (let's assume several days after it stops), but has ...
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Mikvah - Non Jewish Husband

Can a woman use a Mikvah if her Husband is not Jewish (She is currently on the road to becoming a BT)
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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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Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?

The following comment is made in the wikipedia entry on Niddah: In the days of the Amoraim, because of possible confusion in determining when menstruation began and ended and hence whether blood ...
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Taharas mishpacha class for men

Many women take kallah classes before getting married in order to be familiar and comfortable with the laws of taharas mishpacha. I have heard that there are similar classes for men, and it makes ...
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When and why did the custom that a Nidda hides from the public that she is a Nidda start

I understand that in the past it was not hidden from the public that a Nidda was a Nidda, as they wore special clothing. As we see the רע"ב's explanation in the Mishna in Kethubot 7:6 ...
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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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Source for Immersion after Biblical Niddah

Unlike other ritual impurities, which explicitly list various immersion or washing requirements, biblical niddah has no such explicit requirement in the written Torah ( to the best of my knowledge ) ...
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Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi

Why do Sepharadi keep a minimum of four days and Ashkenazi keep a minimum of 5 days before hefsek tahara? What is the underlying reason behind this difference?
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If one keeps the deoraita nidah(7days) but not the additional 4-5 days, is there a punishment?

If one is careful and keeps the 7 deoraita days of nida but not the additional zav (chumra) days, is this a problem? Is there a punishment? (I understand this is not for everyone and especially those ...
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How must a woman dress in front of her husband during her days of niddah?

I have heard that during niddah a woman must follow the deoritah rules of tzinius but not necessarily the rabbinic ones. If this is the case then why, for example, is a tshirt fine when it goes above ...
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Can a woman converting to Judaism go to the Mikvah during her period?

When Gentiles convert to Judaism, they are "like a newborn". If I understand correctly, there is no such thing as Niddah vis a vis non-Jews. So, if I add those two together, I am inclined to assume ...
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Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah?

Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah? Are Cohens generally restricted from marrying baalot teshuva because of the possibility that they may be b'not niddah?
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Mikvah and illness

My understanding is that, as a general rule, a healthy woman may not delay going to the Mikvah for her own (or even her husband's) convenience. But I'm wondering if there are sources discussing ...
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Nature of restrictions on passing during niddah

I was taught before I got married that passing during niddah is strictly Assur. However, Upon looking into it I found that it's not mentioned in the gemara in berachos that is the source for most of ...
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Harchakot while grieving, ch"v

If, G-d forbid, a wife learned of a terrible tragedy while a niddah, is there any possibility that her husband could hug her? To be clear, I am asking for respected sources that look at this matter ...
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Sin offering for Zavah?

Vayikra 15:30, "And the kohen shall make one into a sin offering and one into a burnt offering, and the kohen shall effect atonement for her, before the Lord, from the uncleanness of her discharge." ...
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Touching a niddah other than one's wife

I am very confused. I had thought that the idea that a Jewish man may not touch a niddah, any niddah, except for perhaps his first-degree relatives, was basic information. Now, someone very ...
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Menstruating on Wedding Day

What happens in the case of a bride menstruating on her wedding day or her menstruation ending a few days before her wedding day and cannot go to the mikvah? Does the rabbi refuse to perform the ...
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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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In a mixed marriage, is a Jewish woman liable for kareit if they have relations while she's niddah?

I know that per torah, if a (Jewish) man has relations with a woman who is niddah he is punished with kareit. I have been told that in this case the woman is also punished with kareit. Is the woman'...
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How complicated can a vesst pattern be?

Background: In the laws of niddah there is something called a vesst haflaga, which is a period that occurs at some consistent interval. If a woman establishes a pattern for some amount of consecutive ...
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Why can a husband eat with his wife who is a niddah in public without a heker?

There are various harchakot (separations) that a husband and wife must observe when she is a niddah. When I learned these halachot before I got married I learned that the husband and wife may not eat ...
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Searching for a halachic diagram of female anatomy

I am interested in finding a diagram that depicts female anatomy as it relates to the halachos of Niddah. Preferably, I would like to find two different models - one that displays anatomy as the ...
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If a woman converting to Judaism goes to Mikvah during her period but doesn't see any more blood, is she Tehorah?

As a corollary to this question, if a woman goes to Mikvah for her conversion "during her period" (let's say on the 2nd or 3rd day), but for some reason (for which she should probably consult her OB/...
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What specific acts with a nidah constitute karet

I'm new and starting out. But karet sounds serious. Is it just the standard intimate relationship that gives karet or does unnatural and other practices as well. What about kissing or other non ...
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Why doesn't a ben niddah acquire the status of a mamzer?

One who commits incest is punished with Kares (spiritual separation from the divine source), and any product of incest has the status of a Mamzer. One who has relations with a Niddah is also ...
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שובבים and Taharas Hamishpacha

As we begin the weeks of Shovavim (the upcoming 6 parshiyos, Shemos through Mishpatim), many of us will notice signs going up all around us for improvement in keeping the Halachos of Niddah ("Taharas ...
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First use of the term “Taharat HaMischpacha ”

When and by whom (and why) was the phrase "טהרת המשפחה" ("family purity") first used to describe the halachot relating to niddah?
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Can a woman delay going to the Mikvah?

Can a woman delay going to the Mikvah on her Mikvah night? That is, if it is the seventh day and she is scheduled to go to the Mikvah, but it turns out to be inconvenient (for example if a friend's ...
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Nidda after wedding

Without getting too graphic, after a wedding night, the kallah is likely to have some bleeding. Does this affect the nidda status of the kallah? If so, is it immediate? How could that be? Does it ...
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Is the Ramban's observation of “red drops similar to blood developing on a mirror ” recorded by anyone else?

The Ramban in VaYikra 18:19 writes the following: (Source from Sefaria) (Partial Quote) ועוד הגידו בו נסיון אמיתי והוא ממפלאות תמים דעים בתולדה כי הנדה בתחילת זובה אם תביט במראה של ברזל הבהיר ...
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Cesem found on someone with dark skin

A cesem that is found on a colored piece of clothing is tahar. What about someone with dark skin (they are of some ethnicity/race that has darker skin), could the same idea be applied in such a case ...
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Why are the laws of niddah called “tohoras mishpacha” - “family purity”

Why are the laws of niddah called the laws of tohoras mishpacha/family purity? Certainly the "tohorah" part of the phrase makes sense, but why isn't it called "tohoras ishus", marriage purity, or ...
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Is there such a thing as an on/off וסת?

Coming off the recent question of complex וסתות, what about a pattern of 27,29,30; 28,29,27; 31,29,30? In this case there is a pattern for every middle one while the rest remain random. Are we קובע a ...
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Must a woman cover her hair in bed when she is a niddah?

Must a woman cover her hair in bed when she is a niddah? I assume it is standard for a married woman who is a niddah to carry the rules of tzniut into the bedroom; that is, to wear modest sleepwear, ...
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Menstruating women on public transportation

In Leviticus 15:20, it says that anything a menstruating woman sits on is unclean. Then, in verse 23, it says that if a man sits on something a menstruating woman has sat on, then he is unclean. I ...
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How early in the cycle can a woman who is undergoing IVF go to mikvah?

How absolutely early can a woman undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) go to mikvah: is there a limit to the 7 deoraita days or is it even earlier like after five or six days, when she would still ...
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if a woman went to mikveh after 7 days is it kosher bedieved?

There is a tradition in Orthodox (not Conservative) to keep niddah like a zava- meaning 4-5 bleeding days and then 7 additional clean days. In the Torah, niddda is 7 days and then mikveh. This was the ...