Getting Women to the Mikveh, Snow or No

This post first appeared on The Sisterhood blog at the Forward.

50392500100693408471yes1130Jerusalem residents were told to stay off the streets during the recent, highly unusual, heavy snowstorm. Only plows and emergency vehicles were allowed to get through.

And only in Jerusalem would a “Purity Mobile” count as an emergency vehicle.

Ynet reported that Taharat Habayit (purity of the home), a Haredi organization, sent a 4×4 jeep-like vehicle out in treacherous road and visibility conditions last Thursday and Saturday nights to pick up women and take them to local mikvehs so they could immerse immediately following their monthly periods of ritual impurity.

“The organization’s top priority is raising awareness to the importance of the family purity mitzvah. We see it fit to operate even with such serious conditions like rainy weather and heavy snow, so that as many women as possible adhere to purity laws and manage to reach the mikveh in the easiest and most convenient way,” said Taharat Habayit chairman, Rabbi Yehezkel Mutzafi.

Not surprisingly, news of the Purity Mobile’s making its rounds during the storm generated much discussion in the blogosphere and on social media, in particular on the Facebook page of Joel Alan Katz, who edits the Religion and State in Israel blog. Some comments were critical, others were supportive, while still others were expressions of shock that something called a “Purity Mobile” even exists.

Click here to read more. 

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/189618/purity-mobile-brings-israeli-women-to-mikvehs/#ixzz2ny2D9n7G

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/189618/purity-mobile-brings-israeli-women-to-mikvehs/#ixzz2ny256zKu

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