Compromise reached over Mikveh law

June 13, 2016  

A compromised has reportedly been reached in the “Mikveh Law” proposed by MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism).

The law states that public Mikvaot, baths used for the purpose of ritual immersion, will only follow the guidelines of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

According to the compromise, Conservative and Reform movement converts will be permitted to immerse in Mikvaot designated especially for them, but not in those belonging to the religious councils.

Moreover, the implementation of the Law will be postponed for nine months in order to allow construction of two to four new Mikvaot.

The Jewish Agency will bear the costs of the construction of the Mikvaot while the Knesset passes a milder version of the law that is consistent with the Supreme Court guidelines.

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