Women who use a mikve (ritual bath) normally have a religious experience, but in Hod Hasharon they will soon get a sublime one, reports www.mynet.co.il. The city is building a new, architect-designed mikve that aims to create the atmosphere of a stylish spa, with Japanese-style furniture and fittings and ambient lighting. According to the report, the chic 120-square-meter mikveh was designed by an architect under halachic supervision, and is expected to cost about NIS 1 million to build, with the funding to come from the Housing Ministry. The city has issued tenders for building contractors and expects the work to take about one year. A municipal spokesman said it was hoped that the new mikve would create a more pleasant experience for women using it, and would attract new users as well as those who regularly visit mikvaot.