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Hormonal manipulation: Taharas hamishpacha vs. the woman's health

If I understand correctly, your argument goes something like this: A.) The Halacha is to always wait (>=5) + 7. B.) Doing so on a natural routine can be inconvenient, e.g. for vacations. C.) ...
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Nature of restrictions on passing during niddah

The Talmud records the following story: Shabbat 13a-13b תני דבי אליהו מעשה בתלמיד א' ששנה הרבה וקרא הרבה ושימש תלמידי חכמים הרבה ומת בחצי ימיו והיתה אשתו נוטלת תפיליו ומחזרתם בבתי כנסיות ובבתי ...
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If your wife requests intimacy in a niddah state, may you refuse?

Pesachim 72b discusses a woman who desires intimacy from her husband, and it is approaching the expected time of her period. והאמר רבא חייב אדם לשמח אשתו בדבר מצוה סמוך לווסתה The Gemara asks further:...
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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?

You have correctly identified the flawed premises in your argument. Premise 2 is technically incorrect. One who is intimate with a niddah has the status of an av hatum'ah (source of impurity) on a ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum (Igrot Moshe Y.D. 2:77) with the following question from R. Avraham Chaim Levin: הנה במקום שיש אחרים רואין אם יש דיני הרחקות באשתו נדה שמסתפק כתר"ה דאולי יש ...
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Newlyweds: Only four days before Hefsek Tahara?

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. ...
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Sudden Menstruation and Sex

Accidental violation of the prohibition of Niddah warrants a Korban Chattat like most Karet prohibitions (Kereitot 1:1-2). The same applies if after intercourse blood is discovered to have been ...
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Removing Niddah status without a mikvah

Shulchan Arukh (YD 201:1) writes: אין האשה עולה מטומאתה ברחיצה במרחץ ואפילו עלו עליה כל מימות שבעולם עדיין היא בטומאתה וחייבים עליה כרת עד שתטבול כל גופה בבת אחת במי מקוה או מעיין שיש בהם מ' ...
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Birkas Kohanim when wife is a niddah

This is cited by Raavad in his commentary to Tamid (end, s.v. He'chelu): ובספר מקצועות מצאתי כתוב היכא דאיכא נדה בביתא דכהן אסור אסור ליה למסיק לדוכן כל אימת דאיתא בנדתה דחייש דלמא נגע במידי דנגעה ...
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If your wife requests intimacy in a niddah state, may you refuse?

A stronger proof might be from Kesubos 72a, which lists, among infractions of דת משה (Torah law) that are grounds for divorce and forfeiture of the kesubah, משמשתו נדה, she engages in relations with ...
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Is the Ramban's observation of "red drops similar to blood developing on a mirror " recorded by anyone else?

Ramban is his discourse "Torat Hashem Temima" (here citing Galen too in the footnote, or Kitvei Ramban ed. Chavel, p. 167) repeated this idea in the name of Aristotle. The source for Aristotle's ...
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Nidda learning Torah

The Tosefta (Berachot 2:12) explictily states that they can: הזבין והזבות והנדות והיולדות מותרין לקרות בתורה בנביאים ובכתובים ולשנות במשנה במדרש בהלכות ובאגדות In the version of the Tosefta ...
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Mikvah during UK COVID-19 Lockdown

This is the guidance issued by the United Synagogue. The observance of Taharat Hamishpacha (the laws of family purity) is a fundamental mitzvah. Mikvaot remain open for women. Best-practice ...
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Full Niddah separation after be'ilat mitzvah?

The Shulchan Aruch in סימן סג - בעילת מצוה וברכתו clearly says we do not Pasken like that. א: מֻתָּר לִבְעֹל בְּתוּלָה בְּשַׁבָּת. הַבּוֹעֵל אֶת הַבְּתוּלָה, כֵּיוָן שֶׁבָּעַל בְּעִילַת מִצְוָה ...
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can a nida apply eyedrops to her husband?

Rav Elyashiv (קובץ תשובות חלק ג' סע' קל"ח) paskens that it is permitted.
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How much blood makes a niddah?

Any small amount of uterine blood at all that leaves the uterus is enough. There is no minimum. (See Gemara Niddah 40a; Yoreh Deah 183:1, with Shach:3) "...even if she only saw a drop of blood the ...
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What was Chazal's understanding of the cause and purpose of menstruation?

Niddah 9a תניא נמי הכי דם נעכר ונעשה חלב דברי ר"מ רבי יוסי אומר אבריה מתפרקין ואין נפשה חוזרת עליה עד עשרים וארבע חדש א"ר אלעאי מאי טעמא דר"מ דכתיב מי יתן טהור מטמא לא אחד So it was ...
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Is it permissible to use the "Tahor" bedikah app?

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 ...
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Why dunk three times in a mikva?

The Sefer Chasidim (siman 294) brings a source for this practice. Namely, that "tahor" is found three times in a passuk in Tanach that relates to the mitzvah of immersion. The p'sukim are: 1)...
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Can a Nidah do Kedushin?

The husband may put the ring on her finger if he does so without touching her skin, but some Rabbis might ask him to just put it in her hand. After this all normal laws of Niddah are followed. Yichud ...
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May a husband and wife swim together while the wife is niddah

There might be several problems with it, but not prohibited per se. One of the problems is that the husband cannot see body parts that are usually covered when the wife is "niddah". He may ...
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Do any movements forgo the seven clean days?

The law in Leviticus says: For normal periods , she's impure 7 days and can then go to mikvah. The period could end of Day 5 and she'd still be impure for all 7. For flows "many days more than ...
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How does one recover from Karet?

Answers for if it was by accident (or if did not know the law) Shulchan aruch yd 185.4 יִתְעַנֶּה מ' יוֹם, וְאֵינָן צְרִיכִין לִהְיוֹת רְצוּפִים, רַק כָּל שָׁבוּעַ שְׁנֵי יָמִים, כְּגוֹן שֵׁנִי ...
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Is the Ramban's observation of "red drops similar to blood developing on a mirror " recorded by anyone else?

In Pliny the Elder's Natural History, he records such something similar: "Her very look, even, will dim the brightness of mirrors, blunt the edge of steel, and take away the polish from ivory. A ...
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Birkas Kohanim when wife is a niddah

Piskei Teshuvot 128:92 quotes a discussion and recommends being machmir, whereas Yalkut Yosef 128:87 recommends not.
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can a nida apply eyedrops to her husband?

In sefer Mareh Cohen(Rav Yitzchak Rubin) he says its permmited. If she needs to open eye then she should use a davar chotzetz (cloth).
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Is chatas neurim tantamount to murder?

No, goodness no. Rambam finishes Ch. 15 of Laws of High Courts and their Punishments with the complete list of sins that theoretically warrant the death penalty, and it's not on there. Rabbi Moshe ...
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What's the reason for moch dachuk

I will try to give a clear answer. In the last chapter of Masechet Nidda we have a Mishna, two Beraytot and a Gemara which address the issue. Let us take the case of a woman who is Nidda (to ...
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How can ultrasound be used to resolve a niddah question?

(In general, perhaps you could just ask Rabbi Slifkin what he meant, as opposed to posing the question here.) Just after you wrote this question (I think), Anonymous commented the following on the ...
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Can a lake be used as mikvah during the day for niddah?

Immersing the day before the normal night is not possible, unless close enough to sunset (a rav should advise on details). So if by "during the day" you mean "the day after the normal night", then you ...
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