North-West London eruv should only be used by those with 'genuine need' says new Hendon rabbi


The prospective new rabbi of Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue has said that members can use the North-West London eruv but that they should not push buggies to shul.

Rabbi Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner from Canada is expected to take up his position at the strictly Orthodox community next summer after members voted to choose him last week .

He will succeed Rabbi Pinchos Roberts, a firm opponent of the eruv, who retired in January.

In a statement circulated today, Rabbi Bixenspanner explained that those who had a “genuine need” to use the eruv – which was set up by the London Beth Din but not approved by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations to which Hendon Adath belongs – could do so.

But he added: “It is clear to me from conversations that I have had with the diverse membership of the shul, that there are many members who would wish to preserve the status quo. To this end, someone wishing to rely upon the above quote should ensure that the eruv is only used in a manner which would not cause offence or distress to other member.”

He said he had explained during his recent visit that some members could be antagonised if the shul were transformed into a “buggy park”.Therefore, he was “of the opinion that buggies should not be brought on to the shul premises on Shabbos until such time as a viable solution can be found.”He also said that there was “no mitzvah to carry in the street” on Shabbat and those who had no need should remain strict in not using the eruv.

Rabbi Bixenspanner that he had written a book on the laws of eruv but stressed that his opinion should not be interpreted as any slight on Rabbi Roberts.

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