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  אדר ב 3, 5776 , 13/03/16

Israel Democracy Institute: Everyone should be afraid of Mikveh Law

Dr. Shuki Friedman, the director of the Israel Democracy Institute's Religion, Nation and State, has commented on the Ministerial Committee for Legislation's decision to send the "Mikveh Bill" to its preliminary reading.

"This is a law whose stated purpose is to circumvent the Supreme Court ruling allowing those who belong to non-Orthodox denominations to use mikvehs around the country. More than that, the law gives the Chief Rabbinate complete control over mikvehs. The Rabbinate, as it has regularly done for years, will use this authority according to the strictest interpretation of halacha," claims Dr. Friedman.

He adds that "The law should not only scare Reform Jews but any who use mikvehs: men, but mostly women, could find themselves dealing with different and strange halachic requirements that do not match with what they accept."

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