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1,096. Washing the Hair
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160:2 Chafifah of the hair may not be performed with something that causes the hair to become tangled. The practice is to permit shampoo because it cleans well and doesn’t tangle. 160:3 In a place where there is no bathtub in the mikva and the woman prepares herself at home before going to immerse, she […]
1,095. Preparing for Immersion
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159:10 If a bride saw blood before the wedding, if waiting five days would place the wedding before she goes to the mikvah, and if postponing the wedding isn’t feasible, then she can make a hefsek taharah immediately, before twilight on the day she stopped seeing blood. She counts seven clean days starting on the […]
1,094. Finding a Stain During the Seven Clean Days
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159:8 The self-examinations must be performed by daylight and not by candlelight.  Some are stringent even after the fact that if there wasn’t at least one examination by daylight on the first day and one on the seventh day. 159:9 If the woman found a stain during while counting the clean days, or even if […]
1,093. How to Self-Examine
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159:6 On each day of the seven days of counting, the woman should optimally check herself twice per day, once in the morning and once close to twilight. After the fact, even if she checked herself only once on the first day and once on the seventh day, there is reason to be lenient. This […]
1,091. Difficulty Making a Hefsek Taharah
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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 […]
1,090. Hefsek Taharah
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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 […]
1,089. Immersion After a Miscarriage
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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 […]
1,088. Immersion After Delivery
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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 […]
1,087. Bleeding as a Result of Intercourse
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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 […]