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|5. The Impurity Of Niddah|
|Secret of Brit Book - Chapter 3: Guarding the Brit|
|Written by Michael|
|Monday, 08 May 2006|
It is important to note that all unmarried women are considered to be in a state of menstrual impurity. The impurity of niddah (menstrual impurity) is the severest form of spiritual uncleanness. The punishment for having relations with a woman considered niddah is karet, dying before one’s time. Because of the great strength of niddah impurity, a man does not only become impure through having sexual relations with her, but also through intimacies like hugging and kissing.
When a man spiritually pollutes himself through the accidental emission of semen in vain, through masturbation, by contact with a woman considered niddah, or even through a sexual fantasy alone, the Shechinah departs from him. Holiness and impurity cannot exist in the same place.
The Midrash teaches that the Holy One Blessed Be He is slow to anger in regard to every sin, except immorality. (Bereshit Rabbah 26)
This is the reason why we are called upon to keep our camp holy, to insure that the Shechinah which guards over Israel never leave us prey to our enemies.
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