Dear Jewrotica #6 – Separation During a Woman’s Period

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PG-13Dear Jewrotica,

What’s with the scriptural prohibition against sex during/immediately following the woman’s period? Is it based on fertility, infection, or something else?

~ Leon from Manhattan

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Dear Jewrotica is an advice column hosted by the Jewrotica staff. We answer questions about sex, sexual health, relationships, romance and other topics as they relate to the Jewish community, culture and tradition. Confidentiality is respected, and we'll do our best to tackle your questions with knowledge, sensitivity and tact.
  • Ayo Oppenheimer

    I tend to be more concerned with assessing practical effects than analyzing original intents.

    I am appreciative of Taharat HaMishpacha (family purity) as a tool that provides observant couples with one way to keep marriage fresh by creating a constantly-renewing sense of sexual anticipation, tension and longing.