Sunday, June 24, 2007

Eruvin in the News: Palo Alto, CA 2

Easing Structures of Sabbath

Inside Symbolic Enclosure, or Eruv, Orthodox Jews May Work

By Kim Vo

Workers will soon start hanging thin fishing line high above Palo Alto. Though nearly invisible to most people, it will ease the lives of hundreds of Orthodox Jews while leaving a few others uneasy about the intersection of government and religion.

People who strictly observe Jewish law are prohibited from working on the Jewish Sabbath, which runs from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. "Working" includes driving and carrying or pushing items between private and public domains - for instance, from one's home to the outdoors. Read on...