In a way, it’s a privilege to practice the laws of niddah — a privilege denied to all who are not married.
It makes me feel like I can’t be Orthodox in that way I was always taught I was supposed to be,” she said.
The separation between married and single Orthodox Jews goes beyond religious responsibilities. Many single women said couples and families tend not to invite them over for Shabbat meals.
Practicing niddah also involves getting to immerse in the mikveh, the ritual bath, and purify one’s self.
While some might see the laws of niddah as a burden, a woman who follows them is considered to be doing a religious deed or good works, akin to lighting the Sabbath candles or keeping kosher.
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