Females had been enjoined to examine on their own in just before they had intimate interactions

Females had been enjoined to examine on their own in just before they had intimate interactions

Which passion possess caused question towards man you to she would-be impure, this new doubt resulting in him to help you go without sexual partnership

In the following generation, Rav Papa quotes this statement (BT Niddah 66a) in a discussion on abortion about a woman who labored for two days and then aborted. She was considered a woman who gave birth as a zava. Rava disagreed with Rav Papa and in another discussion (BT Berakhot 31a, which parallels the Rav Huna section mentioned above) did not accept the universality of the ple of established halakhah about which there is no dispute.

These sages, Rav Huna, Abaye, R. Zera, and Rav Papa, all lived within two generations of one another, indicating that this decree was universally accepted very quickly. There may also have been concern for fertility because some sages thought that conception is most likely near the time of one’s period and another opinion set the time for conception near immersion (BT Niddah 31b). It is likely that the issue of fertility was settled quickly by observation of its enhancement in the majority of the population. The time for immersion was very close to ovulation if we assume a twenty-eight- or thirty-day cycle and a period lasting about five days. The seven clean days would then set the time for immersion at the night after the twelfth day’s sunset. Unfortunately for those women with consistently shorter cycles, such an extension of sexual abstention doomed them to halakhic infertility (‘akarut hilkhatit).

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