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1,079. Anticipating a Period
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155:5 Let us take as an example the case of a woman who has not yet established a menstrual pattern. If she sees blood on the second day of Rosh Chodesh Iyar and again on the twenty-fifth day of that month, she must watch for Rosh Chodesh Sivan because maybe her period will regularly fall […]
1,078. Outside of the Normal Time
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155:3 If a woman does not have a regular menstrual pattern, then the thirtieth day after the start of her last period is always like a set interim for her. This is called “onah beinonis” – an average time span. For example, if she saw blood on the Monday of the week in which parshas […]
1,077. Twelve Hours Prior
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155:1 The Sages warned the Jewish people about uncleanness. Rabbi Yoshiya said that the Jews were warned to separate from their wives close to expected starts of their periods. How much time, precisely? Rabbah said 12 hours – either a day or a night. If her period is expected to start in the day – […]
1,076. No Fixed Pattern
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154:6 A woman who has no regular menstrual pattern should check herself before and after having marital relations. Also, her husband should clean himself after relations to make sure there is no sign of blood. However, when she is presumed not to have her period, such as if she is pregnant after the first trimester, […]
1,075. A Presumption of Cleanliness
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154:4 Some women start their periods on a given day or at a regular interval accompanied by one of the physical symptoms. For example, on the fifth day of every month, she yawns or sneezes and afterwards she sees blood, or this happens every 25 days. This is called “veses hamurkav” – a mixed pattern […]
1,074. Other Types of Menstrual Patterns
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154:2 Most women establish the start of their periods by regular intervals. That is to say, the interval between first seeing blood is the same from month to month. For example, if she sees blood once and then there is a break of 25 days, 30 days or 32 days, she waits to see when […]
1,073. Establishing a Menstrual Pattern
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153:16 The practice of women during the days of seeing blood until the time she wears white garments was not to go to shul, nor to daven. (Nowadays, this is not our practice – Mishnah Brurah 88:7. Even when people did this, it was not actually prohibited; they acted this way voluntarily – ibid. 88:6.) […]
1,072. When the Distances Apply
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153:14 When a woman is a niddah, if her husband is sick and there’s no one else available to take care of him except for her, she may do so in any way that does not involve touching him, including helping him up and supporting him. She must, however, be extremely careful about washing his […]