Practical Family Purity

Here are links to posts about living Leviticus. This is a practical series that is under development. Feel free to request specific topics, but in the meantime, here is a running list of links to previous posts related to this theme.

A woman’s guide to keeping the marriage bed pure:  —This one has plain language instructions and a printable quick guide at the end!  –Links to the video teachings that are half practical and half New Testament connections.

Here’s one about touch outside of marriage, but it’s conceptually related as Paul throws it in the mix for us to consider.

Here’s a post with ideas for how to tovel without access to a real mikvah.


Other resources/recommended reading:

Sarah’s Thoughts on Family Purity from the Sewn Olivette site provides context that you’ll want to be familiar with if you’re not: significantly, (1) some rabbinic background about counting days, and (2) the difference between “becoming unclean” and sinning for the men (though she doesn’t phrase it that way, but the concept is in her “What about Physical Touch?” section).

  • Quick note on the counting: Now, I have almost no desire to get into the day counting controversy, but I feel compelled to say that from what I understand in scripture (subject to human error), niddah is, as Sarah points out, seven days–provided the bleeding stops, of course. Though I’m familiar with the rabbinic 5 (niddah days)+7 (white days) thing (which I have problems with, by the way, not that anyone cares, but five is not seven no matter how nice they’re trying to be) I count the second seven not as Niddah, but as “blood purity” days, which is an extrapolation based on what happens to men when they contact menstrual blood in Lev. 15 (spoiler: they become unclean seven days) and based on the “blood purity like niddah” situation in Lev. 12’s childbirth laws. Well, I count 14 because of that and because of some historical anecdotes & other things, none of which is probably of interest to anyone setting her household halachah on this issue. Anyway, my main point is that Sarah brings up important points you should know, so I encourage you to click over there and check it out.

Slonim, Rivkah. Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology. 2nd Ed. Urim, 2006.

  •   Blessed to be able to get this through a library system, I enjoyed the different perspectives, mostly Orthodox but not all Orthodox, presented in this book.

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