On the 7th of Cheshvan 5721, Rabbi Mordechai Harlig OBM, Rov of Cong. Beth David of Crown Heights, penned a lengthy letter to the Rebbe, detailing his plan for building a Mikvah for women in his Shul, due to problems with the Union Street Mikvah.
We present a translation of this letter, which seems to have been written now… (emphasis added):
“For the past few years I have been speaking to the residents of our neighborhood about the urgency in building a Mikvah for women, because the situation in the Mikvah on Union Street is very saddening. Women wait for a long time to receive a turn to enter the Mikvah, and there is also the issue of the fear of walking those streets at night. But nothing has been done about it, yet.
Many of those who pray in my synagogue and others from the neighborhood are saying that it’s an urgent matter to build also a Mikvah for women next to our Shul, and we have the possibility of building a Mikvah for women in our Shul. The men will enter the Shul from the courtyard, and the women will enter from Rogers Avenue…
The men’s Mikvah was built in the basement of the Shul, and next to it we can build two Mikvahs for women. Above the basement there is a store, and we can remove the tenant from the store to build preparation rooms with baths, and from there stairs will lead to the Mikvah…
It seems to me, that the benefit of building the Mikvah is a great thing, for in the Union Street Mikvah women wait a long time to go to Mikvah, sometimes even past midnight, and in my opinion small Mikvahs should be built in each are of the neighborhood, and the cost of a few small Mikvahs is equal to the cost of one large Mikvah…
I am presenting this to the Rebbe Shlita and begging that he give me his opinion, and tell me what to do, and whatever I am told to do – I will do with G-d’s help. I am asking for the holy blessing of the Rebbe to succeed in building the Mikvah.”
The Rebbe responded:
“[since the preparation rooms are above ground] I don’t know what will be the response of people to this plan. Therefore, discuss it with knowledgeable people, and based on what they tell you – you should make a decision.”