If she bears a female, she shall be unclean two weeks as during her menstruation, and she shall remain in a state of blood purification for sixty-six days.
The reason why a mother is “impure” for a shorter period of time for a boy (7 days) than for a girl (14 days), is so that the mother can be purified on time for the Brit Milah and fully enjoy the celebration.
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai explains that the reason the period of “impurity” is longer for a girl, is because a woman is very happy when she gives birth to a boy.
When she gives birth to a girl however, she is somewhat saddened knowing that her daughter will also have to go through the suffering of childbirth.
(Niddah, Tzeror Hamor, R’ D.Z. Hoffman)
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