mikvahbb3Residents of the city of Bnei Brak are reeling after the horrific tragedy involving the drowning death of four year old Sara Spivak in a Mikvah on Yom Kippur.

Apparently, four year old Sara and her two brothers entered the men’s Mikvah on Yom Kippur at around noon to play.  Sara slipped and fell into the Mikvah.  Her brother ran to get help.  A passer-byer jumped in to rescue the girl.  And Mogen David Adom rescuers arrived and brought her to Schneider’s Children Hospital in Petach Tikvah. However,  it was too late.

The Mikvah was located on Neufeld Street in the Kiryat Herzog section of Bnei Brak.

Police announced Sunday morning that they would investigate why the premises were not locked.  The investigation will also be instrumental in determining the fate of the Mikvah.

Bnei Brak city spokesman, Abraham Teitelbaum, stated that the Mikvah was indeed locked on Friday, but was broken into and left open.  The police department will investigate the accuracy of this claim in their investigation.

The picture shown here is of the inner lock under question.

Members of Jewish communities across the country are now questioning whether the Mikvahs in their own communities are sufficiently child-proofed.

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