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        9/23/2011, Elul 24, 5771

      New Eruv for Eastern Jerusalem


      Religious and municipal authorities have started working on a new eruv for parts of eastern Jerusalem and hope to finish erecting it by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which starts on Friday evening, October 7th. An eruv demarcates the area in which a Jew may carry things on Shabbat, under Jewish law.

      Students and guides from the Beit Orot tourism college discovered, during the summer, that there was no longer any eruv around the northern end of the Mount of Olives, the Ophrit military base and the Mount Scopus campuses of the Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital. It was decided that guides from the school would be responsible for examing the eruv every week. Rabbi Danny Isaac of the Beit Orot yeshiva said restoration of the eruv will allow Jews in the area to go far afield on Shabbat to such places as Jerusalem's Old City without fear of violating Jewish law.