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Ritual bathhouse attendant claims rabbi fired her for being EthiopianKiryat Motzkin’s rabbi sent a WhatsApp message to the women who were dipped in the mikveh by a certain attendant, writing that there was a Jewish legal problem with the dipping. This all occurred after the rabbi asked if the attendant had undergone conversion. The woman sent a letter to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate claiming that she had been fired for being Ethiopian.
An Ethiopian mikveh attendant from Kiryat Motzkin was surprised when the city’s rabbi asked her if she was Jewish and if she had undergone a proper conversion. After responding that she is a law-abiding Jew, the rabbi hung up the phone and warned women who had been dipped by her in the mikveh that there had been a Jewish legal issue with the dipping.
The 45-year-old mikveh attendant sent a letter to the Israeli Religious Affairs Ministry and the Chief Rabbinate explaining that the rabbi had asked her how she was allowed to work as a mikveh attendant as she had not received his approval.
Following their conversation, the attendant wrote that the rabbi had sent a WhatsApp message to the women who dip in the mikveh, in which he wrote: “Women who dipped in the mikveh with the Ethiopian attendant, please call the rabbi immediately because there is a Jewish legal issue with the competency.”
The Israeli Religious Affairs Ministry stated that the matter is being investigated.
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