I know I might be hitting a touchy subject, but I'm prefacing it with this so I can clarify right away: I don't want a Psak, or who holds what. That's for each person to figure out... I just want to know what all the issues are with respect to the Boro Park eiruv, and why someone would hold what he does.

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    I'd retitle this, as "what's the story" is a bit too conversational. – Ze'ev misses Monica Jun 27 '11 at 18:51
  • @Ze'ev Felsen Is "Is the Boro Park Eiruv [mutar/assur]?" any better? – yydl Jun 27 '11 at 19:19
  • not bad...i feel like there's a better way to word it, but don't know what that is. – Ze'ev misses Monica Jun 28 '11 at 0:43
  • @Ze'ev But that's just as controversial, if not worse because I would be picking a side prematurely, or forcing the answerer [made up word] to pick a side. My current title is saying: "I don't want a yes/no answer -- just an explanation" – yydl Jun 28 '11 at 0:53
  • I would have said "what's the status of..." but it seems to ask if the eruv is up or not. Perhaps "what's the story behind the controversy over..." Is that too long? Or "Why is the boro park eiruv controversial"? – Ze'ev misses Monica Jun 28 '11 at 1:44

A couple good places to start would be here and here, both from the Eruv Blog.

The second link, which itself contains many relevant and detailed links, addresses the technical issues of the geography, demographics, and (artificial) geology of Brooklyn that govern the permissibility/restrictions of an eruv. The first link addresses a non-legal complication in the case regarding the authenticity of influential documents.


The Main underlying Issue is, is Brooklyn and or New York City a Rishus Harabim Doraisia

  • So why would it would be, or wouldn't it be. What's the actual Machlokes? yeshiva tomorrow? – yydl Dec 27 '10 at 4:41
  • MOre in Depth see here: The New Queens Eiruv – SimchasTorah Jan 12 '11 at 3:58
  • See the rebuttal of Rabbi Pearl here. – user2132 Nov 30 '12 at 19:24

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