Eruv

Fight Over New Eruv Erupts In Crown Heights

Ritual enclosure battle pits growing Modern Orthodox contingent against Lubavitch chasidim.

06/21/2016 - 22:24
Deputy Managing Editor

In a sign of the demographic changes rippling through the Lubavitch stronghold of Crown Heights, a new eruv fight is pitting Jew vs. Jew.

The Greater Crown Heights Eruv, shown in gray, covers six times the area of the previous eruvim, outlined in blue and purple

Westhampton Beach Eruv To Stand

Last East End municipality drops its fight.

03/15/2016 - 17:30
Staff Writer

The Village of Quogue gave up its battle this week against the erection of an eruv or religious boundary to accommodate congregants of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, L.I.

The village was the last of three municipalities to oppose the eruv, which was first proposed in 2008 and triggered court battles with each of them. The eruv consists of lechis, wooden or plastic strips affixed to telephone and utility poles to form a boundary within which observant Jews may push baby carriages and carry items on Shabbat.

An eruv is strung over telephone poles. Wikimedia Commons

Westhampton Beach Eruv To Stand

Last East End municipality drops its fight over halachic boundary.

03/11/2016 - 10:28
Staff Writer

The Village of Quogue dropped its fight this week against the erection of an eruv or religious boundary to accommodate congregants of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, L.I.

An eruv is strung across phone lines to create a halachic boundary.

An Eruv Will Come To Southampton

Suffolk town accepts state court’s ruling that allows creation of halachic boundary.

09/09/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Torah-observant residents of Southampton will be able to push baby carriages and wheelchairs on Shabbat and Yom Kippur.

'Death Knell' To Anti-Eruv Church-State Argument?

2nd Circuit's ruling on Westhampton Beach ritual boundary likely to have wide-ranging effects.

01/06/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

After six years, the legal battle over an eruv in the Hamptons may finally be coming to a close — and the effects of the federal appeals court decision are far reaching.

After 10 Years, Largest Eruv In U.K. Going Operational

01/07/2014 - 19:00

The United Kingdom’s largest eruv will be usable for the first time this Sabbath.

Hamptons Group Going To Federal Court In Eruv Bid

08/28/2013 - 20:00

A group trying to have an eruv built in Long Island’s Hamptons filed a federal lawsuit after having its bid quashed by a zoning board.

A Rabbi And A Monk Walk Into A Courtyard

With the almost invisible strings of Fort Washington’s eruv stretching from pole to pole above us, we followed Rabbi Adam Mintz and Brother John Glasenapp, OSB up the hill where we found welcome refuge from Manhattan’s May heat inside the medieval walls of The Cloisters. An unlikely tag team, the rabbi and  the monk were leading  a group of 25 on a two hour walk and discussion sponsored by Yeshiva University Museum and The Cloisters museum to tease out the public/private nature of the eruv and Cloister, and how they create religious structures and community.

Rabbi Adam Mintz and Brother John Glasenapp. Angela Himsel

The Eruv: Staying within Bounds

An exhibit at the Yeshiva University Museum, “It’s a Thin Line,” describes the history of the eruv and its evolution both nationally and across the globe, but it is the story of the Manhattan eruv, established in 1907 -- and a source of controversy since its inception -- which makes up the core of the exhibit.

"Tightrope" by Yona Verwer. Photo courtesy Yeshiva University Museum

Let's Stop Enabling Our Jewish Fanatics

01/09/2012 - 19:00

 

A number of years ago the Agudath Ha-Rabonim, a relatively small group of right-wing Orthodox rabbis, declared that Conservative and Reform Judaism were "outside of Torah and outside of Judaism.” Much has been written to justify and rationalize their statement. I found it offensive, but for argument’s sake let’s say they are right – more importantly let’s say that in fact they are the true spokespeople for the application of halacha (Jewish law).

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