Eruv snow damage repaired for Shabbat

By Jessica Elgot, January 8, 2010
Stanhope Avenue in Finchley, inside the NW eruv.

Stanhope Avenue in Finchley, inside the NW eruv.

The North West London eruv has been repaired and is in use for Shabbat, the website has reported.

But the eruv wire on Wildwood Road, Barnet has had to be repositioned and as a result the pavement on the southern side next to Sandy Heath is now outside the Eruv.

Rabbis have warned that the eruv could still be damaged if further heavy snow or bad weather damages it further during the course of Shabbat.

Earlier this week the eruv was "breached" due to the inclement weather and emergency repair work had to be done.

People who normally carry certain items such house keys, prayer books and handkerchiefs within a strictly enclosed area, will not be able to carry anything if the eruv is damaged again.

An eruv is an area within which observant Jews can carry or push objects on the Sabbath, (which lasts from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday), without violating a Jewish law that prohibits carrying anything except within the home. There are over 200 eruvs (or eruvim) in the world.

An eruv must be 'completely enclosed' by boundaries that conform to Jewish law. The North West London eruv has been recognised as valid by the London Beth Din - the Orthodox Jewish religious court.

This allows people to carry items they would normally only carry in their home. The North London Eruv was formed in 2003 and benefits thousands of Orthodox people.

Last updated: 2:28pm, January 8 2010