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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“ The ‘Secular Unit’ is a self-appointed group of Jerusalem residents who call for a legal and active battle against the ‘Haredization’ of the different neighborhoods. One member of this group has been summoned for investigations due to allegations that she has cut eruv ropes […] [1] The main centers of their battle will be the neighborhoods of Ramat Sharet, Kiriyat Moshe, and Kiriyat Yovel were there has been a growing Haredi presence. The group says the Haredi residents have been playing very loud songs announcing the entrance of Shabbat [2] and that the last straw was when eruv ropes were set up […]”

– Mynet Jerusalem
0202 Editor’s notes:
[1] Eruv is a ritual enclosure that some Jewish communities, and especially Orthodox Jewish communities construct in their neighborhoods as a way to permit Jewish residents or visitors to carry certain objects outside their own homes on Sabbath and Yom Kippur. An eruv accomplishes this by integrating a number of private and public properties into one larger private domain, thereby avoiding restrictions on carrying objects from the private to the public domain on Sabbath and holidays. One way of designating the area is placing a rope around the neighborhood.
[2] Shabbat (the beginning of the observance of Shabbat) enters at a specific time. This is most often announced through a short horn-blowing or siren, sometimes by song.

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