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Found old blood stain during neki’im

7 March, 2006


On the morning of my second clean day, I noticed a blood stain on my pajamas. It fell partly on a white section, and partly on a pink section, but the part on the white section was about the size of a gris. However, I am sure that the stain had been there from when I really had my period, and I simply never noticed it before. I'm sure of this because all of my bedikos, including the moch, have been white and all my underwear have been white, including the one I wore the night before I noticed the stain. May I assume that the stain happened before I started my clean days?

This week my husband is away, so even if I act l'chumra and start counting anew, using my bedika the second day as the new hefsek tahara, there would not be a practical difference for us. However, on that second clean day I only did a bedika in the morning, not in the afternoon. May I use that morning bedika as my new hefsek tahara?


Based on the information that you provide — that you did not check the pajamas prior to wearing them (and that they were in use from when you were in niddah) and that a garment closer to your body was white, we can rely on the stain having originated during your niddah days.  The stain does not invalidate your shivah neki'im and you may continue your original count.

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