AG: Chief Rabbinate cannot force attendants on women immersing in a mikve

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Wednesday told the High Court of Justice that the state has ordered authorities managing mikvaot to allow women to immerse in them without being forced to have an attendant present.

Mandelblit’s announcement of the new policy was made in response to a petition filed by ITIM, an organization which fights for greater religious openness in the country on a number of issues, usually in opposition to the Chief Rabbinate.

The legal brief said that although Jewish law requires an attendant to be present for the immersion to be considered to have fulfilled the religious obligation to immerse, that individual women could not be forced to uphold this standard.


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