Attorney Motti Mintzer, representative of local religious council and a resident of Elkana, told Ynet: "There is mikveh in Elkana since it was established. We moved to the permanent community and decided to build a new mikveh, according to the instructions of the local rabbi, and he ruled according to rulings of outstanding rabbis throughout the generations."
"The local hassidim from Chabad are from a messianic cult and want to force the community to build the mikveh according to their specifications," he said.
In response to Chabad's claims that the religious council does not consider them part of the Orthodox Judaism, Mintzer said: "We don't claim, we never did and we never will. Obviously they are kosher Jews, until they begin acting in a compulsive way, all the while refuting the authority of the community rabbi."
Rabbi Yehuda Stern of Elkana commented: "I have ruled according to our custom on the mikveh issue. We are not a Chabad community and my ruling followed the rulings of outstanding rabbis throughout the generations."
Chabad seeks to dictate halakha so that its rejected minority view is forced on the majority. This scenario repeats itself often. Why? Because Chabad theology is clear: We are right, everyone else is wrong. Majority rule in halakha or anything else is overridden by what can only be termed Chabad arrogance.
But soon this won't matter. Chabad is a rapidly growing amalgam of born-hasidim, ba'alei teshuva and hangers-on. Soon, counting the hangers-on, it will surpass mainstream Orthodoxy in numbers. And when it does, mikvaot will follow Chabad opinion, as will schechita, sofrut, and just about everything else. And when that happens, the idea of a second coming will be firmly rooted as part of Jewish tradition.
As I have written previously, the probability is great that your grandchildren's children will await the coming of a messiah named Mendel Schneerson, and will do so believing this to be a normative belief with roots stretching back to Moses.
And when that happens, there is a list of graves you'll want to spit on. Far better to spit on these individuals while they are still among us. If you do not know how to find them, pick up a copy of the Jewish Observer and spit at random.