Yom Kippur hefsek & moch
22 September, 2004
I will probably have to do a hefsek taharah just before Yom Kippur ends. I am wondering if I am allowed to wash myself before the bedikah.
Also, I usually like to lie down while I have the moch dochuk inserted as I find it uncomfortable to walk around. However, being Yom Kippur I would like to be in shule. Is there any way I can get around this problem?
Thank you for your advice.
On Yom Kippur it is prohibited to come in contact with water for pleasure, but it is permitted to wash in a limited manner to remove dirt and maintain basic hygiene. Therefore, you may wash in preparation for the hefsek taharah. You should minimize your contact with water as much as possible – limit it to the vaginal area only, and to cleaning off your hands afterwards. As on Shabbat, you need to avoid wringing water from a cloth or using warm water from the tap. Alternatively, you could clean the area with a baby wipe.
In this specific scenario, you may omit the moch dachuk.
Gmar Chatima Tova!
This response was updated on 2 October, 2022.
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.