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Is it true that orthodox jews change their blinds and or other window coverings according to the females menstrual cycle? Please tell me about this and why. Im a 45c year old christian and live near a large population of orthodox jews.

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Dear Michael,

Thanks for writing.

First of all, I've never heard of such a custom or practice let alone a law or rule. So much for either my knowledge as a traditional Rabbi for 50 years or my ignorance!  :-)

Secondly, such a practice would overtly violate the modesty surrounding a married woman's menstrual cycle. You should know that a married menstruating woman will go to a ritual bath after roughly a week of cessation of her period before resuming sexual relations with her husband.

The rules surrounding the building of a mikveh - housing of the ritual bath pool(s) - require as much privacy as possible such that no one except the woman who serves as a matron at the mikveh knows who is coming to the mikveh - appointments are made privately and discreetly - to mark the end of their menstrual period.

How could a home advertise publicly using their shades or blinds the menstrual status of a wife?

To me it would be a complete violation of modesty - and someone may be pulling your leg.

Best wishes

Rabbi Dov

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Write to me with questions about Jewish customs and law, history, philosophy and tradition for answers from a Conservative perspective or conversion. I am a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and a member of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly. Having served in congregational pulpits since 1970, I now am President of the Foundation For Family Education, Inc. a non-profit educational endeavor. I established it to create new formats of hands-on programs and provide free educational downloads at www.jewishfreeware.org. In addition to general informational questions I welcome your questions about programs for social action, outreach to dual-faith families, inter-faith clergy projects, healing services, education for conversion, adult education for the congregation and the community. If you have questions about Informal and Formal Education I am ready to share my extensive experience with Youth Activities, Camping and Religious School/Hebrew High School on a congregational, community and national/international level.

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I have served on the National Youth Commission for more than 25 years and serve on the Boards of the Conservative Zionist movement MERCAZ and the World Council of Synagogues. I have always dual-families and taught candidates for conversion with a great sense of fulfillment. I am very proud of 25 years on the Jewish camping staff of Camps Ramah. My greatest source of pride is my family! Ask me about them, please!:-)

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