London - Supporters of the North-West London eruv have mounted an expensive public-relations exercise in a bid to demonstrate to local strictly Orthodox residents that it is usable.
4000 copies of an lavishly produced 160-page booklet have been delivered to Jewish homes in Hendon and Golders Green, containing endorsements for the eruv from across the Orthodox rabbinic world.
Although the North-West London eruv became operational five years ago, under the supervision of the London Beth Din, it has been consistently opposed by the rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, which questions its validity under Jewish law.
The brochure appears in Hebrew and English and is packed with colour photographs of influential rabbis along with a pull-out map of the eruv zone. It describes the eruv as mehudar.
But the Union opponents are sticking to their rabbinic guns and say the eruv remains "of doubtful validity".
A public notice, newly issued by, among others, Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, head of the Union Beth Din, and its president, Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, warns: "It is our considered judgment… that as hitherto, carrying within the area of the eruv amounts to a chillul Shabbos and is forbidden, even in trying circumstances."
The brochure was sponsored by an anonymous group calling itself "Friends of the North-West London Eruv". [thejc]
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