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Symbolic Boundary for Jewish Sabbath Created

September 06, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

VANCOUVER, Canada — This city's Jewish community completed its first eruv earlier this summer, allowing observant Jews to carry most items within its boundaries on the Sabbath.

Jewish law forbids carrying anything in public on the Sabbath, but not at home or temple. The eruv, using existing objects such as fences, creates a symbolic boundary around a specific area, usually the Orthodox Jewish community, which is then seen as an extension of the home.

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