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Did not ask about stained bedikot

29 January, 2011


Hello. I had my menses for 4 days and waited to perform the hefsek at the proper time. It was clean. The third and fourth days I noticed a pinkish brown spotting on the bedikah cloth. I didn't save the cloths to have an authority clarify if it was tamei or not – I assumed it was. So, I did another hefsek the next afternoon and began seven clean days again. I'm asking for an opinion if that was a correct choice and how to proceed if this happens again.
Thank you for your help: Shavua tov.


We're sorry that you had trouble counting your clean days.

Your handling of the situation did not lead to any transgression.  We do have two suggestions for handling such cases in the future. First, bring a cloth in for evaluation rather than assuming that your clean days have been invalidated. Second, in the event that your clean days have been invalidated, you are permitted to perform a new hefsek taharah on the same day before sunset.  You need not wait until the next day. (If you have asked a question but have not yet received an answer, you can perform an afternoon bedikah bearing in mind that it may be either a continuation of your clean days or a new hefsek taharah.)

Please be back in touch with any further questions.

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