Color that fades
28 August, 2006
I was wondering if you could advise me. I am having some problems doing bedikot. Every month at least 2 or 3 bedikot come out with pink on them. So far I sent every one of them to a Rav and was told they were fine. Most of the time by the time I send them (the next morning) the pink is either gone or much lighter. The Rav told me that if I keep getting the same thing and feel comfortable to say it is the same thing then I dont have to show it and I can continue on with my counting. The problem is that I dont feel comfortable deciding on my own and it has become a pain in the neck to keep sending the cloths to the Rav and waiting for his answer all the while keeping 2 counts. The cloth comes out with a bright pink on it that then changes to a much fainter color. At the time that is comes out I am almost sure there is a problem but then it fades. I almost feel like I dont want to do the required bedikot because it causes me so many problems which in the end aren't even a problem at all. Please advise me.
Often, a bedikah that is ruled acceptable will start off with a pinkish tinge when wet. Incandescent lights often add a pink tint to stains. Rabbis are trained in taking this effect into account. Additionally – although a woman's assertion that a cloth was originally a niddah color is believed by her rabbi – if she is not absolutely positive, the practice is to disregard her comment in favor of what is before his eyes. Therefore, we think that in most cases you should feel comfortable relying on your rabbi's statement that the same color need not be shown again.
If you are still concerned, we suggest that you should meet with the rabbi who has been evaluating your cloths and explain your concerns. He may suggest reducing the number of bedikot, and should be able to help you find a way to proceed with which you will be more comfortable.
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.