Ask English Translation of Talmud Ritual in Mikveh Case in Cincinnati

After hearing protests by Jewish residents of the Avondale section against the location of a “mikveh” or ritualistic bathhouse of orthodox Judaism there, the Zoning Board of Appeals has requested Louis Rubenstein and David Falk, attorneys for Bernard Pepinsky, representing variout orthodox congregations desiring to build the bathhouse, to bring an English translation of the religious ritual as prescribed in the Talmud, so that the board may be able to judge whether the “mikveh” is a business or religious matter. The zoning laws of Cincinnati prohibit business in residence areas.

Those who appeared against the “mikveh” were Mrs. J. Walter Freiberg, past president of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, Samuel Ach, former County Treasurer, Frank Wolpa and Mrs. Leopold Strauss Wolpa.

The “Mikveh Association,” which is trying to erect the ritual bathhouse in an exclusive residential section inhabited by many of Cincinnati’s leading Jews, is composed of representatives of practically every orthodox synagogue in Cincinnati and was incorporated as a nonprofit making corporation by Hirsch Manischewitz, president. Many othodox Jews of Cincinnati have of late years moved to the hilltop from the western section of the basin of the city, where they have been bathing in the only “mikveh” now in operation here located on Mound Street.

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