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Counting veset days towards five day minimum

19 April, 2007

Question:

I got my period on the 29th of Adar. I observe both the 30th and 31st days as onah beinonit, for 24 hours each. My 30th day came out the 29th of Nissan, and my 31st day came out on 30th of Nissan, so I abstained for a total of 48 hours. Then I got my period the next day, on 1st of Iyar. Can I count the days I abstained for onah beinonit in the five day minimum?


Answer:

The five day minimum was instituted to avoid any possibility of expulsion of semen during the shivah neki'im.  The five day minimum begins from the day a woman enters the status of niddah, or thinks she has and acts accordingly.  See the "Beginning the Five Day Minimum" section of our our article on Minimum Days for more details.

In this situation, you could not count your veset days towards the five-day minimum, because you were permitted to have relations with your husband from the beginning of the first of Iyar until the time on that day at which your period began.

Had your period begun on the thirtieth of Nissan, you would have been able to count the twenty-ninth of Nissan as the first of your five days.


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