Chief Rabbi, UTJ livid over Supreme Court ruling on non-Orthodox use of mikvas

The religious establishment has reacted furiously to the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday allowing the Reform and Masorti (Conservative) Movements in Israel to use public mikvas for conversion immersion ceremonies.

The non-Orthodox movements filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in 2010 against a lower court decision upholding the right of the Be’ersheva religious council to prevent Reform and Conservative converts using public mikas, or ritual baths, in the city.

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that this ban was discriminatory and was “inconsistent with the duty of the administrative authority to act with equality in all its actions.”


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