Eruv letdown

WHAT a surprise - and disappointment - it was for me to learn online that plans to establish an eruv in south Manchester are being abandoned.

So it's a victory for all those who opposed it - including, I understand, many Jewish people.

Let me put my cards on the table. I am not among the most Orthodox members of our fraternity and the actual principle of an eruv mystifies me, but I do respect the rights of those who are more observant.

If an eruv makes it easier for them to keep Shabbat, then why should we try to stop them?

I live in a part of London, where the eruv is such a part of everyday life that for many it is actually taken for granted.

Its website says: "The North West London eruv has transformed Shabbat. There are more families going to shul than ever before.

"There really has never been a better time to be Jewish in London and at the heart of this change was the establishment of the eruv in February, 2003."

So live and let live, I say.

Jacob Levy,
Golders Green,

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