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Two attempts at hefsek

5 January, 2003

Question:

I did a hefsek tahara and it came out pinkish. I tried again and it was clean and so was the moch dachuk. Can I rely on the second hefsek and start the seven days from tomorrow?


Answer:

The hefsek taharah has a different purpose than the bedikot of the seven clean days. During the seven clean days, you do internal examinations to establish that you haven't had any bleeding that day. The hefsek, however, is intended to establish that you have stopped bleeding. Therefore, even if the first hefsek was pinkish, it just confirms what we already knew – that originally you were bleeding. If the next hefsek is clean, it confirms that you have now stopped. The fact that the moch  was clean bears out this change in status. You may certainly start counting the seven days tomorrow.


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