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Missed sunset by seconds?

1 November, 2015

Question:

I may have missed shkiah by a matter of seconds. I remembered I needed to do a hefsek tahara, looked at a clock connected to digital radio (i.e., very accurate) and it said 5:28 then raced into bathroom and did it without washing. It only took less than a minute. But shkiah is listed on the internet as being at 5:28. We live in Sydney in the east. Not sure where they calculate from, i.e., east west altitude, etc. What to do ???? Thank you. Without rabbinic approval I'll just wait another day and be really annoyed with myself.


Answer:

Based on what you write, you most likely performed your hefsek taharah right at shekiah.  You may count it as being on time.  

In the future, you may wish to set an alarm of some sort to help remember to perform the hefsek taharah earlier.  You can also make a bedikah the morning of a planned hefsek taharah, to serve as a back up in case there is a mix up later.

Please write back with any further questions.

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