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159:2 In a case of need, such as if the woman is traveling and doesn’t have even enough water to wash her genital area, it doesn’t matter. In such a case, she should clean herself thoroughly with whatever is available. If she doesn’t have fresh undergarments, she can put on previously-worn underwear so long as […]
158:4 If a woman knows that she is not pregnant and goes to the mikvah, then she miscarries within 40 days, this does not count as a birth. This is because a fetus is not considered formed under 40 days. Therefore, this miscarriage is counted as menstrual uncleanliness. Even if she didn’t see blood, there […]
158:2 Some authorities say that the couple must separate from on the eve of the forty-first day after giving birth to a boy and the eve of the eighty-first day for a girl out of concern that she may see blood as when she expects her period. Other authorities differ. A diligent person should take […]
157:8 It is permitted to have relations with a virgin for the first time on Shabbos even though doing so makes a wound. 158:1 If a woman delivered a baby, either alive or stillborn, or if she had a miscarriage, she has “childbirth uncleanliness.” This is so even if she didn’t see blood. According to […]
157:6 If a man marries a virgin and consummates the marriage, even though she may bleed during the act, he should nevertheless finish as one normally would, without any concerns. After they have finished, they should separate and she is ritually unclean. Even if they didn’t see any blood, we are concerned that perhaps a […]
157:4 If a man remarries his ex-wife, she must still count seven days. This is true even if he divorced her while she was pregnant and remarried her while she was still pregnant, or if he divorced her while she was nursing and remarried her while she is still nursing. If he didn’t wait and […]
David doesn’t really complete his thought. If he hadn’t believed that he would see G-d’s goodness, then what? Rashi fleshes it out for us. The previous verse discusses false witnesses who have it in for David. If not for his faith that he would get to see G-d’s promised goodness in the next world, his […]
Why would one’s parents abandon him? Rashi tells us that this actually refers to one’s conception. A person’s parents engaged in the marital act for their own enjoyment, then they each went their own way and did their own thing. It was G-d who safeguarded that tiny drop and guided it through its fetal development […]
Psalm 27 (l’David) is recited daily from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Shemini Atzeres. This verse, with its reference to a succah, is the source of our practice to recite this psalm throughout Succos. This is not the context of the verse, however. The ibn Ezra says that the shelter is Jerusalem. Rashi is even more […]
Psalm 24 is designated as the Psalm of the Day for Sunday, which is the first day of the week. The Talmud (Rosh Hashana 31a) tells us it’s because the psalm says that “earth and everything in it is G-d’s.” The first day was when G-d created the world and established His ownership over it.