Traditionally, the rhythm of sexual relations in a marriage was determined by the Jewish laws of purity and impurity (tahara and tumah). A woman abstained from sexual relations with her husband during her menstrual period and for a fixed time (usually a week) thereafter. At the conclusion of this period, she immersed herself in a mikveh, a ritual bath, and resumed sexual relations with her husband.More
Mikveh for Monthly Use: Niddah
She and I sat next to one another on a small wooden bench outside of the mikveh preparation room with a box of tissues and a cup of water between us. Our voices bounced off against the silent, tiled...