IDF to build mikvehs for religious soldiers

Israeli army to build ritual baths at all bases with large numbers of religious soldiers.

Gary Willig,

Photo: Flash 90

The IDF is building mikvehs (ritual baths) for religious soldiers, the Kikar Hashabbat Hebrew news site reported.

The facilities are being constructed at bases in which religious battalions or battalions with a large percentage of religious soldiers are stationed.

The project was spearheaded by the heads of the IDF's department for the integration of haredim,Major Amir Vaknin and Mandi Katz.

The first mikvehs will be constructed for the Givati, Paratrooper, and Kfir Brigades. Later, mikvehs will will be built in bases in which a larger number of haredi soldiers are stationed.

The commander of the Paratrooper training base, Lt. Col. Eliav Elbaz, and the secretariat of the Shomria kibbutz near the base, agreed that haredi soldiers would be allowed to immerse themselves in the local mikveh on a daily basis until the construction of their own mikveh is complete.

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