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        4/17/2013, Iyar 7, 5773

      Innovative Mikvot to Run on Shabbat Generators


      A pilot program is being initiated in the city of Betar Illit to run the electricity in mikvot on special Shabbat generators. Immersing in a ritual bath, or mikvah (plural mikvot) is an obligation for many. Meir Rubenstein, the mayor of Betar Illit is instituting the switch-over from the Israel Electric Company to a system more in line with the recommendations of the venerated Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky. Over the years more and more innovations have been created to work around modern conflicts. One well-known innovation is the Shabbat elevator which still runs but stops automatically at every floor. Other creative ideas have been developed so that Torah observant staff in hospitals and the army can fulfill their duties while still adhering to tradition. Officials in Betar Illit met to discuss the issue of mikvot, or ritual baths to ensure people wouldn't sit in the dark, but would still be able to fulfill religious obligations.