Foreword

The times in which we live are unique in the annals of human history, and even more so in the annals of Jewish History. When did we find such a thirst for knowledge of Judaism the part of a generation who was denied any link with its glorious heritage?

Those who are returning to their Jewish roots are cognizant of the fact that there are two aspects of life, the spiritual and the physical. There is no better example of the fusion of the two than in the laws of Family Purity. Here we are involved with the most physical of acts raised to the most lofty of spiritual levels. God enters into our most personal private lives and adds beauty in all its dimensions to the physical realm of the relationship between a man and his wife.

One of the most prolific halachic authors of our generation is the Gaon and Torah authority, the Rishon Lezion, His Eminence Rabbi Ovadia Yossef Among the great works which he has composed is the the book: Taharat Habayit [The Purity of the Home] which deals with the laws of the miqveh. A young rabbi, trained in our rabbinic seminary, SHEHEBAR SEPHARDIC CENTER, Rabbi Steve Gindi painstakingly adapted this great book for the English speaking public. The Gaon, Rabbi Ovadia Yossef has given his personal approval of the adaptation and I pray that this work will be accepted by the English Jewish world and will have a profound influence on the lives of young Jewish couples.

Rabbi Shelomo Kassin

Rosh Midrash Sepharadi


Forward
Haskamah of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef
Introduction
Why keep the Halacha of Sexual Relations?
How a Woman Becomes Niddah
Colors of Emissions and Stains
Stains
Behavior During Niddah
Hefsek Betahara (The conclusion in purity)
When Immersion is to be Performed
Cleansing before Immersion
Hasisa: Intervening Objects
Blessing Before Immersion
Immersion
Abstaining in Anticipation of Menstruation
What is Considered a Fixed Period
To Whom the Rules of Fixed Periods Apply
Physical Periods
Giving Birth
Women Are Entrusted With The Laws of Niddah
Bleeding due to Sexual Relations
Onset of Menstruation; "Engagement;" Choosing the Wedding Date
Getting Married
Footnotes