Thursday, January 05, 2006

New Eruv to go up in the UK


After a seven-year wait, construction work on the Edgware eruv, which will allow Orthodox Jews to carry items and use such apparatus as pushchairs on the Sabbath, is expected to start next week.

In December, Barnet Council granted a licence for the religious zone, laying down the final details of the eruv, which will be constructed using poles, interconnecting wires, walls, train lines and other geographical features.

The licence to begin this work was due to be signed and returned to the council yesterday.
Harvey Brown, chairman of the Edgware Eruv Committee, said: "That's all the red tape and now we can set the thing up. It makes the observance of the Sabbath a little easier the restrictions on movement are removed.

"Without an eruv, you are not allowed to carry in public or push a pram or wheelchair, and that confines people to the house."

Eruvs exist worldwide where this is a sizeable Jewish community and the UK's first eruv covers Golders Green and Hendon, which was set up in February 2004.

Tali Kramer, spokeswoman for the committee, said 11 synagogues in the area would benefit from the eruv's installation, consisting of 38 poles, which will carry wire across road junctions on its border.

Not all Orthodox Jews believe that eruvs are allowed in Jewish law, but the Edgware community appears united in its belief that it should go ahead.

?? That really depends on how and whewre the Eruv is set up. All Orthodox Jews that I know believe that Eruvim are permitted if done in the correct way.

The zone will run from Stonegrove to northern Edgware, down to Mill Hill Broadway, and across the old railway track between Hale Drive and Station Road.