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Brown on hefsek

27 April, 2003


On my hefsek taharah yesterday there was some light brown staining. What's the halacha?


Although many rabbis are lenient about certain shades of brown on a hefsek (and during the seven clean days), there are shades of brown that do render a woman niddah.  Anything involving evaluation of the color of a bedikah cannot be done by email and must be shown to a rabbi or a yoetzet.  If you will not be able to get to a rabbi before sunset, you should do your afternoon bedikah today. Keep in mind that if the original hefsek turns out to be good then this bedikah should be for the first day of the seven days and if the original hefsek is not, then the bedikah should be a new hefsek taharah.

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