Deep divisions over symbolic boundary

Courts have ruled the 'eruv' a free exercise accommodation; critics say it entangles religion with public property.

, The National Law Journal


Courts have ruled the 'eruv' a free exercise accommodation; critics say it entangles religion with public property.

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  • Avon

    This controversy seems so ridiculous! I live in a gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood that recently gained an eruv, although there are fewer orthodox Jews than strictly observant Muslims (both total maybe 5% of the population). Almost no one noticed that the wire stretches overhead as a perimeter. Certainly, nobody has decided to move out because of it! Even where an ethnic group is 75% of the population, others need not close up shop.

    I often point out the wire to people when occasion arises, explaining its purpose (although I'm not Jewish). I think it helps gain sympathy for the plight of Orthodox women, who tend to be the ones trapped behind with children to carry, and promote understanding in a setting other than government hearings, permit disputes, or other conflict. A little pro-active mutual understanding has the potential to moot these controversies every time! Let's all try it.

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