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Birth Control

Posted On: Dec 6, 2019   |   Posted By: Tablet Magazine

Birth Control

Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world.
When is a fetus not a fetus? That is the question the rabbis pursue, in graphic detail, in Chapter 3 of Tractate Nidda. As we have seen , a woman who has “an issue of her flesh in blood”-that is, a menstrual period-becomes ritually impure for seven days, during which time she can't have sex with her husband. A woman also becomes ritually impure when she gives birth, for seven days if the child is a boy and 14 days if it's a girl.

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