Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; - the New Mikveh Policy

Women may shed their clothing as they prepare to immerse themselves in a mikveh, the Jewish ritual bath, but they still have a right to utter privacy when it comes to their marital status, according to a compromise reached Thursday.

The Chief Rabbinate has agreed to forbid questioning of women as to their marital status by bath attendants working in the state-funded and operated mikvot, following a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court joined by two women’s organizations, the Center for Women's Justice and Kolech, which both charged that the practice represented unacceptable discrimination.