Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
Menu

Brown on hefsek

27 April, 2003

Question:

On my hefsek taharah yesterday there was some light brown staining. What's the halacha?


Answer:

Although many rabbis are lenient about certain shades of brown on a hefsek (and during the seven clean days), there are shades of brown that do render a woman niddah.  Anything involving evaluation of the color of a bedikah cannot be done by email and must be shown to a rabbi or a yoetzet.  If you will not be able to get to a rabbi before sunset, you should do your afternoon bedikah today. Keep in mind that if the original hefsek turns out to be good then this bedikah should be for the first day of the seven days and if the original hefsek is not, then the bedikah should be a new hefsek taharah.


This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

For further questions or comments: 

The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.


Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.