Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Eruvin in the News: Westmount, Quebec

Shaar Sets Up Symbolic Carrying Domain

Eruv Will Allow Jews Greater Mobility While Observing the Sabbath

Westmount will soon be joining Cote St. Luc, Hampstead, Ville St. Laurent and other communities with the establishment of a symbolic 'domain' for its Jewish residents, officials at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim announced last week.

Known in Hebrew as an eruv, the enclosed area will be marked by a thin line on top of existing utility poles, and will be barely noticeable. Once in place, it will allow people greater freedom to carry items around on the Sabbath without breaking religious laws. Read on...