Sunday, June 22, 2008

Eruvin in the News: Westhampton Beach, NY 6

Glass Ceiling for Eruvs?

By Shlomo Shamir

While the number of U.S. urban eruvs grow, the Westhampton eruv effort is meeting fierce local resistance.

New York - Belonging to a synagogue, observing the laws of kashrut, even holding a Pesach Seder have lost their pride of place as the outright signs of religious affiliation in the American Jewish community. Lately, what typifies the ultra-Orthodox population, particularly the substrata of young couples who moved in recent years to small towns and suburbs, is the worrying and effort being put into establishing an eruv.

Yes, eruv chatzerot, that ancient ruling by King Solomon and his court which turns private property and public property into one entity so that small items may be carried and baby carriages pushed on the Sabbath. Read on...