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Confused by rabbi’s answer

11 November, 2004


On day 1 of my clean days, the morning and evening bedikot came out fine. However, day 2 morning did not look good, but evening was okay. I sent it to a Rav. He asked me if my day 1 was okay, and I said yes. Then he said because day 1 was okay, this was okay as well. But what if day 1 wasn't okay, I asked. He said then this bedikah would be a shailah.

I was wondering what was going on here — either it's okay or it's not. What does it have to do with my previous day's bedikah? Why would my body stain differently on the next day — getting worse instead of better?


Some bedikot are clearly fine, others clearly are not, and some are borderline. A number of factors are considered in deciding on those in the "gray zone". This is why a halachic authority is needed to rule on such bedikot. We don't second guess rabbis but would need further clarification to fully answer your question. Your rabbi was apparently gathering information to help him decide on a bedikah that was in the borderline category.

As far as your body, a number of factors may contribute to the color of the discharge. Such changes may be due to hormonal fluctuations. Another possibility is the source of bleeding – is this menstrual blood or blood from a vaginal abrasion?

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