Thursday, January 20, 2011

Eruvin in the News: Westhampton Beach, NY 25

Eruv Suit In Hamptons Fueling New Tensions

Federal action by eruv supporters seeks to bypass towns; ‘the real Jewish
people in village oppose it.’


By Stewart Ain

There are observant Jews in the Village of Westhampton Beach who have had to hire gentiles to push their baby carriages, strollers and wheelchairs alongside them so they could attend synagogue on the Sabbath and Yom Kippur.

But a federal lawsuit filed last week — which is leading to renewed tensions between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews in the East End resort area — is designed to put an end to that. If successful, it would allow congregants to erect an eruv, or symbolic boundary, that would permit them to perform such actions, as well as the carrying of such things as house keys, reading glasses, books and identification outside of the home without violating Jewish law. Read on...