Judges of the Supreme Court struck down, Thursday, a petition by the Justice Center for Women and two women who sought permission from the Religious-Services Ministry and the Chief Rabbinate for unmarried women to immerse themselves in a mikveh (ritual bath). The ruling came after the rabbinate informed the court, via the ministry, that women who come to a mikveh are not asked their marital status and all are allowed immersion even though the practice is only incumbent on married women and prohibited to others under halakha (Jewish law). The rabbinate said the prohibition should be posted.
The judges said that if it becomes clear that the announced policy is not being followed in the field, a new petition will be allowed. Deputy Religious-Affairs Minister Eli Ben-Dahan said that, beyond the announcement of the rabbinate, he would examine the matter in a more in-depth way, including discussions with the chief rabbis.