The Laws of Niddah

How to count days and prepare for the mikveh according to traditional halakhah.

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Behavior While Not a Niddah

When a woman is not a niddah, Jewish tradition encourages sexual relations and all other physical contact between a married couple. The couple is especially encouraged to have sex the night the woman returns from the mikveh, and on Friday nights. The only times sex is forbidden are on Yom Kippur, Tisha B'Av, during shiva, and on the days on which the woman anticipates her period's return.

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Channa Bob

Channa Lockshin Bob teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at the Drisha Institute. She is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle and has an MA in Religion from Columbia University.