Daughter of U.S. immigrants wages legal battle against mikveh

13.01.2012                      18.Tewet. 5772

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Daughter of U.S. immigrants wages legal battle against mikveh

Plia Oryah, a Modi'in native, is among several parties to a December 29 petition asking Israel's Supreme Court to compel religious authorities to reverse official directives to municipal and regional ritual bath operators.

A daughter of American immigrants is at the center of a legal battle over a woman's right to immerse herself in a mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath.
Plia Oryah, a 19-year-old Modi'in native, is among several parties to a December 29 petition asking Israel's Supreme Court to compel Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, Religious Services Minister Yaakov Margi, and the Office of the Chief Rabbinate to reverse official directives to municipal and regional ritual bath operators. The directives explicitly deny access to women who are single, divorced or widowed….