Doctor challenges Jewish menstrual taboos

It's rare to see this happen. An Orthodox medical doctor has raised a question that challenges age-old Jewish menstrual taboos. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz explains the details:

"The article was not intended to challenge halakha, nor to create a new version of Judaism, like Karaism or Reform. My article was intended to indicate a distortion that has been created as a result of a custom that over a long period has become a law. The humra of Jewish women having to count seven clean days for niddah, and not just for ziva as prescribed in the Torah, was accepted from earliest times as a law from which there is no deviation. Today we know that this ruling produces a problem of halakhic infertility in many women. Within this situation is a failure of internal logic: It is unreasonable that a ruling that derives from a humra of Jewish women will produce a conflict with the first commandment in the Torah - to be fruitful and multiply.


Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

very interesting!

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can find some reason to let me eat peanuts on Pesach and meat during the 9 Days? Oh and what about the two days of Yom Tov, according to S. Stern the whole thing is based on a mistake.