Mar 22, 2007

Close down the mikvah, the converts are coming.

I had to share this. I'm curious what Tikkunger thinks, of course, being from the Great White North, that is. I'm a little disgusted and firmly believe that there's probably no other incentive to closing a mikvah to converts except to promote an agenda.

A strict agenda, that is.

One that does not include the Reform and possibly even Conservative movements. Why? Why not. It's an ages-old problem. A rabbi can say "we're trying to protect the sanctity of the mikvah!" But how does a person who is converting to Judaism dirty up the mikvah? That's what I want to know. It isn't like there's people signing up for the mikvah fancyfree and going in and sploshing around for kicks and giggles.

Get a grip, damnit.

1 comments:

tikkunger said...

Hi there

I kind of laughed when I saw your post because I have indeed seen the article and was actually thinking about my own post on the subject just a little while ago. I just haven't had time to post a whole bunch because Tamara is in town visiting and that of course takes precedence over any blogging.

Anyhow, I won't go into great detail here but here's the short of it.

First off, yes I'm really not impressed at all but I'm also not all that surprised either.

Now here's my take on the reasons behind their closing the mikvah to converts. I don't believe that anyone is suggesting that converts are dirty simply (according to that rabbi) there's been an increase in the number of people who are converting either Reform, conservative or Orthodox and the facilities can't handle that increase on top of regular “ community" use.

I believe that there's quite probably some truth to what they're suggesting however, whether or not this is just an excuse/pretext (kind of like weapons of mass distraction Iraq thing) in order to gain more control over who has access to the mikvah is still unclear to me. of course I do have my own suspicions considering the parties involved.

Anyhow stay tuned I will be blogging about this probably sometime tomorrow.

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