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  Niddah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Niddah (or nidah, nidda, nida; Hebrew), in Judaism, is technically a state of marital separation when a woman is menstruating and seven subsequent days until she immerses in a ritual bath known as a mikvah.
Niddah is the main category of a group of laws and customs that is generally called by the euphemism family purity (taharat hamishpacha).
The Torah describes niddah, the ritual impurity due to menstruation, and the prohibition of having relations with a niddah (Leviticus: 15:19-30, 18:19, 20:18).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Niddah   (2427 words)

 Family Purity
According to the Torah, a woman is also considered niddah for 7 days following the birth of a son, and for 14 days following the birth of a daughter.
Niddah consists of the laws applying to the menstrual woman and are found in the Pentateuch.
The laws of niddah forbid physical intimacy between husband and wife during her menstrual cycle.
www.jewishwebsight.com /lifecycle/family.html   (915 words)

 Jewish Menstruation from WUJS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In the same manner, when a woman is niddah, during her menstruation, she loses an unfertilized ovum, and it is this loss of potential life, this whisper of death, that confers upon her the state of impurity...
What did it mean to describe niddah as part of a cycle when, in the public life of the communities in which it was observed, women were always treated as if they were impure?...
Niddah, from the root n.d.y, connotes abhorrence and repulsion.
www.wujs.org.il /activist/programmes/sources/lifestyle/niddah_and_mikveh.shtml   (1375 words)

 About the Jewish Marital Laws
Niddah is one of the sets of Laws that also has beneficial side effects.
When a woman is a niddah, she and her husband must relate completely on a non-physical level.
A woman is a niddah until she undergoes what we call "taharah." The taharah process involves a minimum of twelve days, most often thirteen.
www.beingjewish.com /cycle/niddah.html   (3036 words)

 JewishGates.Com - The Definitive Source for Talmudic Learning   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
If a man leaves his wife when she has the status of niddah, even though ample time may have passed for her to immerse properly, he is not allowed to be with her until he asks her whether or not she has immersed.
If a wife tells her husband that she is in niddah, and later says that she is clean, she is not believed if there has not been sufficient time in the interim for her to complete her purification.
A woman is not considered in niddah unless it is possible to assume that the stain came from a vaginal discharge.
www.jewishgates.com /file.asp?FIle_ID=697   (7174 words)

 Judaism 101: Kosher Sex
The laws of niddah are not deliberately kept secret; they are simply unknown because most non-Orthodox Jews do not continue their religious education beyond bar mitzvah, and these laws address subjects that are not really suitable for discussion with children under the age of 13.
According to the Torah, a man is forbidden from having sexual intercourse with a niddah, that is, a menstruating woman.
Weddings must be scheduled carefully, so that the woman is not in a state of niddah on her wedding night.
www.jewfaq.org /sex.htm   (2125 words)

 Niddah in a Nutshell: The Basic Laws of Taharat haMishpachah (family purity) - Nishmat Women's Online Information Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A woman enters the halachic status of niddah when she experiences uterine bleeding not due to abrasions, lacerations or other forms of trauma (makah).
In order to prevent marital relations from inadvertantly taking place at the time that a woman begins her menses, the couple also observes times of separation (vestot or onot perishah) when marital relations are prohibited but the harchakot are not required.
This is halachically confirmed by a self performed internal exam known as a hefsek taharah, and further confirmed by the insertion of a cloth from sunset until dark (moch dachuk).
www.yoatzot.org /article/98   (385 words)

 Behavior During Niddah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
When a woman is niddah it is permitted for her husband to gaze at her beauty while she is fully clothed, since she will be permitted to him in the near future.
When she is niddah a woman must continue to do all of her normal religious duties, like blessings and prayers.
If a husband is very ill and his wife who is niddah is the only one who can take care of him she may do so: she may feed, clothe, straighten him, and even hand him whatever he needs.
www.milknhoney.co.il /holy/7.html   (1830 words)

As long as a woman remains niddah and has not properly immersed in a mikvah, it is prohibited for a man to be physically intimate with her.
For example, a modern woman who is niddah is not prohibited from touching her father, her male children, or other women.
If the transfer of tumah/unclean was what made contact between a niddah and her husband prohibited, a woman who is niddah could not touch anyone.
qumran.com /YahChannah_Wolf/niddah.htm   (3508 words)

 Taharath Hamishpaha Guidelines
NIDDAH is the term designating the status of a woman from the time when she has her period, and is "separated" from her husband, until she immerses in a Mikveh at the proper time.
Jewish law refers to a menstruant woman as Niddah, and when this status is lifted, her new status is simply "permitted", meaning that sexual relations are permitted to resume.
Once the bride begins to bleed, she is considered Niddah, sexual relations are prohibited and all laws that apply to Niddah apply here as well.
www.judaic.org /halakhot/taharath_guidelines.htm   (4524 words)

 Forbidden Fruit | Chabad.org > Parsha > Bereishit
Niddah is a state of spiritual impurity, during which marital relations between husband and wife are forbidden.
The Talmud's concluding tractate is the tractate of Niddah, whose seventy-three folios discuss the laws of niddah and zivah impurity.
But niddah is also a metaphor for the state of reality that has held sway ever since the first man and woman tasted of the Tree of Knowledge.
www.chabad.org /parshah/article.asp?AID=2573   (2394 words)

 S.C.J. FAQ: Section 8.8. Woman and Marriage: What is "Niddah"?
From this, the laws relating to ritual purity and niddah are derived.
A woman is a niddah until she undergoes "taharah." The taharah process involves a minimum of twelve days, most often thirteen.
While a woman is a niddah, she and her husband must relate completely on a non-physical level.
www.shamash.org /lists/scj-faq/HTML/faq/08-08.html   (1449 words)

 Daat Emet - Metzora
It would have been enough to add a few words: "and wash in water," to make it: "When she becomes clean of her discharge, she shall count off seven days [and wash in water] and after that she shall be clean." Then we would not reach the confusing stage of our rabbis the Rishonim.
This is his line of thought: If the niddah touches a vessel, it is written in the Torah that one who touches the vessel needs immersion: "and he should wash himself in water." How much more so the woman herself should need immersion to be permitted to her husband.
For if we may learn this from a minor premise to a major one, then all laws of immersion for purification should be relevant to the immersion of a woman forbidden to her husband.
www.daatemet.org.il /parasha/en_metzora.html   (1306 words)

 Uncleanness (2/9/2000)
During this period, the woman is in a state of separation (niddah), during which time she is forbidden unto her husband.
The technical term for the state in which the wife is in during her menstrual period is called niddah (literal meaning: to be removed or separated).
The state of niddah includes the duration of the menstrual flow, for which one must count a minimum of five days, plus a 'dormancy period' of seven days during which there is absolutely no bleeding.
www.yahsaves.org /learn/Booklets/unclean.htm   (4531 words)

 WELCOME TO NEW VOICES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The law of niddah — the only law of ritual purity that is observed today — stipulates that a man may not touch or sleep in the same bed as his wife during her menstruation.
The practice of niddah is rooted in the Torah, which states that intercourse with a niddah, or menstruating woman, is prohibited, as conception during this time is virtually impossible.
Niddah is also viewed as a period of rest for the male and female, as well as means to practice of self-discipline.
www.newvoices.org /cgi-bin/articlepage.cgi?id=322   (767 words)

for example, the way hilchos niddah is taught a woman should make two bedikas a day, wear white undergarments, white night gown and use white sheets.
Abstention from passing objects directly to one/s spouse when a niddah is also based on a sound principle, I refer to "identification".
When one takes something from another's hand, there is an identification which exists at that moment, a closeness, which if not restricted, might lead to physical contact, and perhaps violation of sexual abstinence during niddah.
www.mesora.org /niddah.html   (200 words)

 Women Are Entrusted With The Laws of Niddah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
This includes the determination whether she is not niddah or is niddah due to a stain etc.
If a woman said to her husband that she is niddah and subsequently said that she is really not niddah she is considered niddah, unless she gives a good reason for her earlier niddah pronouncement.
If a woman said that she is niddah and immediately retracted and said that she is really not niddah, she is believed and is not considered niddah.
www.milknhoney.co.il /holy/19.html   (703 words)

 About Niddah (Messianic Judaism)
Niddah is a time of sexual separation during the wife's monthly menstrual cycle, referred to as her 'days of separation.' The command is found in Torah:
Rather than concentrating only on the supposed negative state of uncleanness a woman has each month; I would suggest focussing instead on the fact that as a result of her separation, a woman's 'clean' state is reaffirmed each and every month until she goes through menopause.
Niddah is a private matter between a woman, her husband (if she has one) and G-d.
www.lightofmashiach.org /women/niddah.html   (1273 words)

I told my Christian friend that the text says that for the seven days when she is niddah she must not touch her husband (not even a hug or a kiss).
She says this law of niddah is to prevent disease in the family.
She says niddah is an emotional time for a woman and she needs a hug from her man. I agree with her about this that niddah is an emotional time for a woman.
www.askarabbi.com /questionresults.cfm?id=6805   (988 words)

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And if an isha have a discharge of her dahm many days out of the time of her niddah, or if it run beyond the time of her niddah; all the days of the discharge of her tumah shall be as the days of her niddah: she shall be tamei.
Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her discharge shall be unto her as the bed of her niddah: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be tamei, as the tumah of her niddah.
And of her that suffers through her niddah, and of him that hath a discharge, of the zachar, and of the nekevah, and of him that lieth with her that is tameiah.
www.afii.org /ojtanakh/ojblev15.txt   (964 words)

 Hilchos Niddah Siman 195, Seifim 5-9   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
It is appropriate for her to have unique clothing to wear during her niddah period so that both of them will always remember that she is a niddah.
On a related note, he points out that artificial insemination during the niddah period is prohibited because of the "p'gam" or "wound" that conception during impurity causes to the child.
Rav Wozner, quoting the Toras HaShlamim explains that the reason for the suggestion to have unique clothing is to avoid negative responses to her wearing clothing from her time of bleeding during the time that she is permitted to her husband.
www.torahlearning.org /nidah/195-2.htm   (1435 words)

 ethnicity online :: jews : birth, babies and motherhood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Although Jews consider that children are born free from any sin, the mother is considered unclean (in niddah) for a time after the birth because she is not capable of continuing to carry out one of her key duties – she cannot conceive again at this point.
To be cleansed of niddah, she must go to the synagogue to be immersed in the ritual bath there – the mikveh – which will return her to a state of cleanliness again.
There are no specific rules about postnatal care or care of the mother under Jewish law, except those that relate to the mother's niddah status and her immersion in the mikveh, and the circumcision of male children.
www.ethnicityonline.net /judaism_birth.htm   (881 words)

 Mail-Jewish Volume 13 Number 81
The bold-faced, R. Eliezer said, is the bastard; the son of a niddah, said R. Joshua; R. Akiba said: Both a bastard and the son of a niddah.
Consequently the child was both a bastard and the son of a niddah.
How many doctors in East L.A. or some of the worst parts of NYC have seen children born to drug-addicted mothers, and now the babies are born with the shakes, suffering for their mothers' poor use of judgement.
www.ottmall.com /mj_ht_arch/v13/mj_v13i81.html   (1941 words)

 Z-mail:  Parashat Tazria-Metzora   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
During her menstrual flow and for seven days after, a woman is niddah - from the word naddad, which means "separated" - and she and her husband abstain from sexual contact.
After immersing herself in a mikvah, or ritual bath, a woman is no longer a niddah, and she and her husband are permitted to approach each other again.
And the symbolism of niddah that she describes is just a tip of the iceberg of what this ancient ritual really represents.
www.congariel.org /Z-mail_Tazria-Metzora.htm   (1736 words)

 Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Weekly Newsletter
The Torah tells us that she becomes temeiah (commonly translated, spiritually impure) "as at the time of her menstruation (niddah)."(Leviticus 12:2) In the very next sentence, the Torah points out that if the child born is a male, circumcision is to take place on the eighth day.
These texts seem to teach that the laws of niddah, the laws of family purity, are that counterpoint.
The words mul and niddah teach this strong difference and charge male and female alike to sanctify life even in the most powerful and intimate realms.
www.hir.org /a_weekly_gallery/4.4.03-weekly.html   (484 words)

 JOFA: Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance | Niddah and Mikvah
She offers an anlyses of the role observing hilkhot niddah plays in the adult life-cycle, and offers suggestions on how to reform and refine this mitzvah.
Synopsis: Greenberg discusses the reasons she strives to meet the rigorous demands of observance of niddah and going to the mikveh, and also how to reform these mitzvoth for the empowerment of women and the strengthening of intimate relationships between men and women.
Through a case study of women learning and practicing the laws of niddah, Zlochower attempts to answer the question of whether or not the acquisition of knowledge by women is empowering.
www.jofa.org /social.php/ritual/dailypractic/niddahandmik   (992 words)

 Encore Archive: Discussing Niddah, Mikveh, Family Purity
Indeed, even such a perceptive observer as Rachel Adler seems to have missed one critical point that T. H.'s effect on the sexual practices of its adherents is of such major and critical consequence that serious public study and discussion of this effect is necessary.
Thus, she writes that "whereas tumat niddah had been a way for women to experience death and rebirth through the cycle of their own bodies, it became distorted into a method of controlling the fearsome power of sexual desire, of disciplining a mistrusted physical drive."
The termination of the niddah state occurs after seven full days have elapsed from the cessation of a woman's menstrual flow and culminates with the woman immersing herself in a ritual bath or mikveh.
www.clal.org /e59.html   (2000 words)

 The Escape from the Red Tent
In the mind of the modern person, one of the most problematic areas presented by Jewish law is the law of niddah, the requirement that Jewish women immerse themselves in a mikveh at the conclusion of their menstrual cycle in order to re-attain a state of purity.
When she rolls the dough, it is the woman's task to separate a part of the dough and present it to the Cohen; God's response to her diligence is to bless the household bread; instead of supporting only the physical, such bread has the capacity to nourish holiness.
The niddah laws and their observance were given not to impose a burden on her but to provide a tool to help her accomplish her mission.
www.aish.com /torahportion/mayanot/The_Escape_from_the_Red_Tent.asp   (3597 words)

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