Important Memorandum from the Central Committee of Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis in the U.S. and Canada:
To Shluchim and Directors of Mikvaos
The earthquake which shook much of the northeast may have compromised the integrity of the Boros Mei Geshomim of Mikvaos. It is absolutely imperative that at least a basic test for Zechila be conducted in all Mikvaos.
A thorough test would necessitate closing the Mikveh but a more basic simple test can and should be conducted by everyone.
Here are the basic steps:
1. After the last tevila at night, make sure the Filter remains closed (disengage the clock).
2. With a crayon, make a mark on the tile (not the grout) at the water level. A masking tape may also do the job.
3. Wait at least 12 hours before you recheck (make sure the water is calm) and see if there is more than a typical night’s worth of evaporation.
If there is no appreciable drop in the water level, you don’t need to check further. If in the other hand it appears that the water level has dropped you may have a Zechila problem and a thorough check is needed.
May HaShem grant us, because of the diligence in the observance of Mitzvah of Taharas Yisroel we be Zocheh a Shana Tova, as Elul approaches.
Vaad L’Inyonei Mikvaos of Vaad Rabbonei Lubavitch,
Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yirmiyahu Katz – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Dovid Schochet – Toronto, ONT
Rabbi Boruch Lesches – Monsey, NY
Rabbi Leibel Schapiro – Miami, FL
UPDATE (5:03 PM EST):
Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum, an world-renown expert and director of the Minnesota-based Chabad-Lubavitch Mikvah Information, told COLlive.com he is on his way to Crown Heights.
“We hope everything is fine,” he said about his planned inspection of Mikvaos in the Chassidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, home to a large Chabad Lubavitch community.
His visit is being coordinated by Rabbi Avraham Osdoba and Rabbi Levi Garelik.