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24 September 2019 - 25 Elul 5779 - כ"ה אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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South Korea builds its own mikveh E-mail

Chabad Korea has completed the construction of South Korea’s first mikveh (a bath for ritual immersion). A special reception event was held on 31 March at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Orthodox Jewish women residing in the country have previously needed to fly to China or Japan to use a ritual bath. Chabad Rabbi Asher Litzman says women have been forgoing job offers with companies such as Samsung because they would have no access to a mikveh in South Korea.

The new mikveh is constructed in the shape of a water drop that symbolises the purity of the rainwater source of the mikveh. The walls and floor are made of wood, in a modern design that hints at Korean tradition. The ceiling, shaped like a drop of water, was built using a 3D printer.

“We arrived 11 years ago and it’s been our foremost goal to build a mikveh that will serve the Jewish community living here,” said Rabbi Asher Litzman. Work on the project began a year ago. According to Jewish law (halacha), Jewish women need to be immersed in a mikveh (for conversion, for getting married and for observing niddah – family purity).

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