The Avestan passage deals with the contamination of a dead body by a menstruant
, but the exact nature of the contamination escapes us.
Postoperative hyponatremic encephalopathy in menstruant
Two graphic case reports from the MRC/UCT Research Unit for Sports Medicine (3) serve as a timely reminder of this potentially lethal complication, which particularly afflicts young menstruant
Forsaken: The Menstruant
in Medieval Jewish Mysticism, by Sharon Faye Koren.
Sharon Faye Koren's Forsaken: The Menstruant
in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (Brandeis, June) argues that this strange dearth resulted from traditional Jewish understandings of menstruation as a ritual impurity, which Jewish men felt was incompatible with higher spiritualitydespite women in the Bible and even in the Talmud having proved themselves perfectly capable of religious insight and leadership.
Surrounding these verses are lines about other prohibited sexual contact including incest, bestiality, and intercourse with a menstruant
, which constitute a group of prohibitions collectively called arayot.
Frank, "Menstruation and Motherhood," 200, notes that, in Question 6 (requiring a woman to defer baptism until after her menstrual cycle) as well as in Question 7, Timothy adds that the menstruant
should wait "until she has been purified of it" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]--but note that Taft, "Women at Church," 75, reads [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], although this does not substantively change the meaning of the text).
The book presents an excellent description of passages (called "texts") about the menstruant
(niddah) culled from ancient rabbinic compilations ("classic rabbinic discourse").
Perez addresses the scenario of a married menstruant
who becomes pregnant as a result of lying on her husband's sheets shortly after his having ejaculated semen onto them.
Would a leper or a menstruant
have called it an evil that we all end up the same?
In the order of "pollution derived from contact with things" found in Jewish midrash, "impurity contracted from a dead thing is exceeded by that from a menstruant
, which is exceeded by bodily issues such as semen, urine, [and] spittle.