What nobody wants to say is that young people who are not married, well . . . "pretend". and the young women well, . .. goes the Mikveh because the young man want's to know his . . . is "clean" whether she ahe has counted, or not. The language in Halachah is not polite, and it is what it says. That the rabbinate allows the privacy of a woman not have declare her personal status means that some young women have been lyng, the women at the mikveh know they are lying, and there's no point in being unpleasant. It's been done before, and it's been done in the past. It's a foolish mind game that young people think will protect them from gettin' embarassed. Too bad our society has become so sophisticated, and mixed up that instead of starting a child's education at three, followed by "school" followed by learning the basics until twelve and thirteen, then serious study, or learning some livliehood until after fifteen and sixteen. By that time, it was assumed you were ready for "life"--there was no adolsesnce, Young women married somewhere between sixteen to eighteen, some a little earilier, some a little later, Yes, Virginia, when those Jewish women went to the mikvah they were married! They were "teenage brides" fully equipped to raise a family and run a household. Today . . . unfortunately the biology is not in synch with the advances in technology, and for reasons of economic necessity, most young people get married in their twenites, and some even later.
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