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        11/26/2013, Kislev 23, 5774

      End to Forced Inspections for Women at Mikveh

      On Sunday Minister of Religious Affairs MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) held a meeting with the Chief Rabbis of Israel, in which it was agreed that women coming to immerse at mikvaot (Jewish ritual baths) would not undergo inspections by attendants unless they so requested.

      Following the meeting Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau and Chief Sepharadi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef sent separate letters announcing their commitment to changing the current situation whereby women are inspected to ensure they immerse in accordance with Halakha (Jewish law).