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What is an Eruv?

A border that goes around a community, for the purpose of celebrating the Sabbath as a family day.

Who is it for?

Jewish communities in Ontario and around the world, maintaining their heritage.

How many people are helped by an Eruv?

In the GTA alone, over 210,000 members of the Jewish community benefit from an Eruv. 

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Who benefits most from an Eruv?

Mothers and fathers with young children, people with disabilities (especially those in wheelchairs or using a cane), and children benefit most from an Eruv. 

How did it start?

The Jews have lived by the 3300-year-old heritage of keeping the Sabbath all this time. It even goes back to the time when they were slaves in Egypt. (See the Broadway musical ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat.’) 

The Jews were taken out of Egypt to Mount Sinai (see the movie ‘The 10 Commandments). At Mount Sinai, G-d gave the 10 Commandments. 

Commandment number 4 is that the Jewish people are instructed to not work on the Sabbath. They are to rejoice on the Sabbath: for example by singing, dancing, praying, Bible study, eating together, and playing with the kids, etc. 

The definition of work is listed in the oral tradition (passed from generation to generation, since given at Mount Sinai') as 39 categories of constructive activity that were used to build the Tabernacle. One of the 39 categories is that the Jewish people may not carry in a public domain on the Sabbath. They may however carry in a private domain. 

The Torah (the Jewish Bible) defines that any place that is fenced in, is a private domain, even though it may be very large, even the size of a city. 

An Eruv is a wall that goes around a neighborhood, that gives it the status of a private domain, and thus is like 1 communal home