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Jun 19, 2008 1:40 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Eruv facts

Jun 19, 2008 1:40 PM

Fact check: Is the eruv keeping people out or locking young mothers and handicapped senior citizens in?

An eruv is a designated symbolic boundary that permits people who follow the Mosaic tradition to scrupulously push strollers and wheelchairs beyond the borders of their homes on Sabbath. Evidence shows that a designated eruv does not result in more people moving to a community (ask the mayor of Tenafly, New Jersey). However, conversely, without an eruv, the community is essentially locking in the boundary of their own home, young mothers, their babies and wheelchair-bound people for 25 hours once a week.

“They” are already here. They are not noticed on Saturday as they are stuck in their houses.

Supporting an eruv will not affect the demographics of the community. It will only demonstrate the greater community’s concern for young women and handicapped senior citizens.

EUNICE MILLERWesthampton Beach

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