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Question 11.2.1:
Sex and Purity: What's this I've heard about a hole in a sheet?


We don't know what you've heard, but what we've heard is that when it comes time for three men to "witness" a woman's conversion [involving nude immersion], what's commonly done is for the water's surface to be covered with a thick, opaque sheet with a hole in it, just big enough to let her head through while discreetly shielding the rest of her body.

Anything else is probably just your warped imagination, and no, we still have no idea of what you're thinking, but you should be ashamed of yourself, just in case. And another thing, it's not true, so there!

Actually, there is an urban legend regarding what you think. As with any urban legend, there is a spark of truth in it. Here are two explanations:

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