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Completely clean hefsek required?

28 September, 2014


Hi, I've been married for 7 months, b'H, and I brought a hefsek to my Rav because it had a brown stain. The Rav told me that a hefsek b'tahara needs to be completely clean. I was very confused because my kallah teacher didn't teach me this. Perhaps I misunderstood the exact meaning of the Rav? What's the point in bringing a hefsek tahara to a Rav if it has to be completely clean? If it's completely clean, I don't need him to look at it. Could you please help clarify? Thank you.


There are different halachic traditions concerning what is or is not acceptable on a hefsek taharah or bedikah. Some authorities do hold that any color on a hefsek taharah is unacceptable. Many authorities, including our halachic supervisor, Rav Yehuda Henkin, accept even some browns on a hefsek taharah.

We suggest that you either clarify this issue with your rav or consider turning to a different halachic authority with future questions.

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