A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

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Written to help married and soon-to-be-married couples of all ages learn and understand the laws that govern Jewish marital life, this guide also places a particular emphasis on achieving an understanding of the interplay between Jewish law and women’s health issues throughout the life cycle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789655240634
Publisher: Urim Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Deena R. Zimmerman, MD, MPh, IBCLC is a pediatrician for Maccabi Health Services and TEREM-Immediate Medical Care in Israel, as well as a medical advisor to the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center. She has written a number of articles relating to women’s health issues and Jewish law and has lectured extensively on medicine, women’s health and Jewish law, and Jewish medical ethics. Rabbi Yehuda Henkin is a modern Jewish orthodox legal scholar and the author of, among other works, Equality Lost: Essays in Torah Commentary, Halacha, and Jewish Thought; Is Shaking Hands a Torah Violation?; and Responsa on Contemporary Women’s Issues.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rabbi Yehuda Henkin 10

Introduction 13

Part 1 The Study Guide 21

Chapter 1 Hilchot Niddah - Biblical and Rabbinic 23

Niddah versus zavah 24

Color of blood 25

Chapter 2 The Onset of the Niddah Status 28

Bleeding 28

Stains 32

When she experiences a sensation 35

When she states she is a niddah 36

Childbirth 37

Bride 38

Medical procedures 38

Chapter 3 The Cessation of the Niddah Status - Counting 39

Shiva neki'im 39

Hefsek taharah 39

Moch dachuk 42

Wearing white 43

Bedikot (internal exams) 44

Minimum days prior to starting shiva neki'im 45

Examples of counting 46

Chapter 4 The Cessation of the Niddah Status - Mikveh 49

Need for mikveh immersion 49

When does one immerse in the mikveh 49

Preparation for mikveh - why 50

Preparation for mikveh - how 52

Cleansing 53

Inspection 55

Preparation for mikveh - when 56

Preparation for mikveh - where 56

Immersing in the mikveh - when 57

Special considerations for Friday night or Yom Tov 58

Immersing in the mikveh - how 58

Blessing on immersion 60

What is a proper mikveh? 61

Chapter 5 Expectation of Being Niddah 63

Times of separation (onot prishah) 63

Veset hayamim 64

1 The same Hebrew date 64

2 The same interval 65

3 The thirtieth day 65

Sample calculations 66

Establishing a veset kavua 68

Veset haguf 70

Women who do not have to observe the onot prishah 70

Chapter 6 Couple's Behavior While the Wife is Niddah 72

Prohibited activities 72

Further distancing (harchakot) 72

Avoidance of all touching 73

Eating together 74

Sharing a bed 75

Dress 76

Signs of affection 77

Frivolous behavior 79

When one of the couple is ill 79

Part 2 Practical Guide and Review 81

Chapter 1 Causes of the Niddah Status 83

Chapter 2 The Cessation of the Niddah Status 88

Chapter 3 Expectation of Being Niddah 95

Chapter 4 Behavior While Niddah 99

Chapter 5 Frequently Asked Questions 102

Part 3 The Life Cycle 113

Chapter 1 Puberty 115

Age of onset of niddah status 115

Adolescence as a preparatory period 115

Chapter 2 Marriage 117

Setting the wedding date 117

Immersion prior to the wedding 118

The wedding ceremony 119

Changes in the ceremony if the bride is niddah 123

Hymenal bleeding 123

Chapter 3 Pregnancy 125

Effect on times of anticipation 125

Chapter 4 Childbirth 127

Status of yoledet 127

From when in labor does the yoledet status begin? 127

Cessation of the yoledet status 128

The yoledet status: biblical and rabbinic law 128

Attendance of husband at delivery 130

Cesarean section 131

Miscarriage 131

Chapter 5 Breastfeeding 133

Medical background 133

Effect on times of anticipation 134

Other halachot of breastfeeding 135

Chapter 6 The Climacteric (Menopause, Peri-menopause) 136

Medical background 136

Effect on times of anticipation 137

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) 138

Part 4 Medical Issues 141

Chapter 1 General Diagnostic Examinations 143

Halachic background 143

Uterine Opening 144

Timing of medical examinations 145

Specific examinations 145

Manual exam 145

Speculum examination 146

Papanicolaou (Pap) smear 146

Colposcopy 147

Cervical biopsy 147

Endometrial biopsy 148

Vaginal ultrasound 148

Laparoscopy 148

Chapter 2 Infertility 149

Definition of infertility 149

Evaluation of infertility 150

Effective marital relations 150

Halachic infertility 151

Order of diagnostic procedures 152

Evaluation of male factors 152

Evaluation of female factors 154

Hysterogram or Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) 154

Hysteroscopy 154

Endometrial biopsy 154

Infertility Treatment 155

Support 157

Chapter 3 Birth Control 159

Is birth control permitted? 159

What is the preferred method? 161

Effects of specific methods on hilchot niddah 167

Hormonal contraception 167

Intrauterine Device (IUD) 169

Diaphragm 170

Chapter 4 Medical Conditions 171

Menstrual disorders 171

Unexpected bleeding 172

Causes outside the reproductive tract 173

Causes inside the reproductive tract 174

Outside causes that affect the reproductive tract 177

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding 177

Post-coital bleeding 178

Chapter 5 Therapeutic Medical Procedures 179

Endometrial Ablation 179

Dilitation and Curettage (D&C) 179

Hysterectomy 180

Abortion 181

Chapter 6 Marital Relations 182

Halachic aspects of marital relations 182

The halachic obligation 183

When are they forbidden 183

What is permissible? 184

What if physical relations do not seem to be going right 184

Appendix A Review of Physiology of Menstruation and Pregnancy 189

Appendix B Taking Care of Oneself During and After Pregnancy 193

Appendix C Sexual Anatomy and Physiology 200

Appendix D Mikveh Construction 207

Appendix E Checklist Prior to Mikveh Immersion 209

Appendix F Veset Calendar 212

Appendix G The Marriage Contract 213

Appendix H Issues Involved in a Married Woman Covering her Hair 214

Appendix I Authorities Cited and Their Works Relevant to Hilchot Niddah 217

Index 221

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