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Corona: Leniencies with harchakot?

24 March, 2020

Question:

For Coronavirus-related reasons, I’m not going to be going to the mikveh for a while. Is there any way to relax the harchakot? It’s becoming really difficult to keep this going. We did get through postpartum a couple of times, but this has been harder for us.


Answer:

We appreciate how difficult it can be to spend an extended amount of time in niddah, especially when facing the uncertainties of the current pandemic.

On the whole, the harchakot remain in place. This is the time, though, to review the harchakot, as by reading our site’s articles, to ensure that you are not being overly stringent.

When there are specific marital difficulties or mental health concerns during this pandemic and immersion has been delayed, a couple can be lenient with most harchakot that do not involve direct physical contact (e.g. passing objects directly and serving food).

May we all merit good health and good news.


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