Bedikah darkened to brown
10 August, 2007
I did a bedika yesterday morning, the day after a hefsek, which I judged to be alright at the time. It was just translucent without any noticeable tinge. I was away from home, and didn't want to throw it in someone else's garbage, so I just threw it into my overnight bag. When I unpacked the bag, it looked brown. I immediately concluded that it was hopeless, threw it in the garbage, and it was even taken out last night. My husband, when I related the story, thought that I may have made a hasty decision, and felt that that I ought to ask about it. To make matters worse, I did not do a bedikah before shkiah last night – I only have the morning one. Any ideas? Thank you.
It indeed would have been best to bring your bedikah to a rav for evaluation. Not all browns invalidate a bedikah!
Although it is possible to assess a bedikah when dry, a bedikah that comes out of the body translucent is generally considered acceptable, even though colors sometimes darken over time. The exceptions would be if you were unsure about how clearly you saw the bedikah at first or if it changed into a color that was red or reddish, in which case a rabbinic evaluation would be in order.
As such, if you are confident that the bedikah was initially translucent, and it changed into a light brown or beige with no reddish tinge, it is acceptable and your clean days continue. In this case, the bedikah you performed yesterday would count for that day.
If the brown on your bedikah was darker than a beige or had a reddish tinge, please contact us or your local rabbi with a more detailed description and with any other factors that might be relevant (e.g., your fertility or marital situation). Make sure to do a bedikah today before sunset. If the bedikah from yesterday is ruled unacceptable, the bedikah you performed today will count as your new hefsek taharah, and tomorrow will be the first of your clean days.
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