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Family Purity

When a woman has a discharge, [it can consist] of [any] blood that emerges from her womb. For seven days she is then [ritually unclean] because of her menstruation, and anyone touching her shall be unclean until evening... Vayikra (Leviticus) 15:19

If a woman has a discarge of blood for a number of days when it is not time for her menstrual period, or if she has such a discharge right after her period, then as long as she has this discharge she is unclean, just as she is when she has her period... Vayikra (Leviticus) 15:25

When [the woman] is rid of her discharge, she must count seven days for herself, and only then can she undergo purification (by immersing her body in a mikvah)... Vayikra (Leviticus) 15:28

Taharat HaMishpacha

This is a topic that really requires sitting down with a knowledgeable and experienced person who is sensitive, and can explain this in a manner which does justice to the subject matter and shows how these laws are what have cemented the Jewish family throughout the ages.

The sources in the Torah that deal with this is Vayikra 15:19-32, the Mishna in Tractate Niddah, the Talmud in Tractates Niddah, and scattered through various parts of Tractates Shabbat and Shevuot.

In the Shulchan Aruch, this issue is dealt with in Yoreh De'ah, Simanim (Chapters) 153-200.

However, there is no substitute for a one on one with a teacher experienced in this subject that can help guide a young couple to make sure that these beautiful laws result in the marital harmony that they are meant to achieve, and not cause problems, which improper understanding of these laws can easily bring.

The following is a quick summary of the various stages of the laws involved:

  1. How a woman becomes a Niddah
  2. How husband and wife must conduct themselves during this time
  3. Initiating the process of becoming Tehora
  4. Counting the seven clean days
  5. Preparations for going to the Mikvah
  6. Halachot of going to the Mikvah
  7. "Pattern" days (Vestot) when a woman is expecting her period and husband and wife must abstain from relations with each other.

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