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Reluctant to perform bedikot

16 August, 2004

Question:

My question concerns the bedikos during the seven clean days. I am very careful to do a hefsek taharah, and most times a moch. However, after that night, I am extremely forgetful with bedikos the rest of the days.

I always look after I go to the bathroom during that time, on white tissues, (within 15 seconds of going) but somehow doing constant bedikos bothers me. Especially twice a day. I know this is wrong, but somehow I can't bring myself to keep doing them.

Am I going horribly wrong here?
Thank you, and I am so grateful for this website. I'm too embarrassed to ask my Rav.


Answer:

You are not alone in finding bedikot difficult. Ideally, a woman should do two bedikot on each of the seven clean days. However, in cases where she finds them uncomfortable, there is room to allow only one bedikah each day. If this does not solve the problem, please get back to us. It is critical to do at least one bedikah on day one, and at least one bedikah on day seven.

There is no obligation to keep checking the toilet paper. It would be better to find a halachically acceptable number of bedikot that you can manage, rather than to rely on looking at the toilet paper.


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