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An urban area enclosed by a wire boundary which symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath.
- ‘However, my first Shabbat in Vancouver, I was informed that one is not allowed to carry anything on Shabbat (in the absence of an eruv, which didn't exist).’
- ‘The thing is, those wires and poles are fragile, so the eruv has to be checked every week.’
- ‘The Eruv Association then sued for a court order protecting their eruv and permitting the lechis to remain in place.’
- ‘Moreover, the Orthodox wouldn't be able to attend synagogue on the Sabbath without an eruv.’
- ‘Jewish North London got planning permission for an eruv or two.’
From Hebrew ‘ērūḇ, from a base meaning ‘mixture’.
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