Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Johannesburg, South Africa

Extension of Jewish boundary Sparks Crime Fears in South Africa

Johannesburg (AFP)---An Orthodox Jewish congregation in Johannesburg is at the centre of a controversy pitting religious tradition against security fears in one of the world's most crime-plagued cities.

The Greenside Hebrew Congregation has been erecting tall metal polls in several upscale residential neighborhoods to expand its "eruv", the symbolic enclosure within which observant Jews are allowed under Jewish law to push or carry things on the Sabbath. Read on...