13 November, 2008
I did not get to do my hefsek before nightfall but had done a thorough check in the morning knowing that I would probably not return home in time from a levaya. Can I count this and start counting from the following day?
While a hefsek taharah is preferably done in the late afternoon, a thorough bedikah in the morning may count as your hefsek taharah as well. You may begin counting your seven clean days the following day.
(There is an exception to this rule when you do your hefsek taharah on the same day you began bleeding. Practically this doesn't have much relevance since bleeding generally lasts more than one day and you need to wait until the fifth day anyway before performing the hefsek taharah. However, in a case where you were in the middle of your seven clean days and started bleeding again for only one day, a morning bedikah would not suffice.)
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.