The horrific reality that exists this eruv Shabbos is that many residents and visitors of Yerushalayim will unwittingly carry on Shabbos even though the eruv is down in many, many areas. Many residents not in the loop will not hear the eruv is down in a large portion of the city. Many tourists in the city’s hotels may not receive the message not to carry this Shabbos.
As reported earlier by YWN, chilonim (secularists) over the past weeks have been intentionally cutting down the eruv. Last week’s attacks resulted in extensive damage and many people were mechalel Shabbos without knowing it. This is part of the war being waged to prevent the continued influx of chareidi families into the Kiryat Yovel and Kiryat Malachi neighborhoods of the capital.
The mehadrin eruv committee has urged people to inquire in their neighborhoods, to speak with rabbonim, stating there is no eruv on roadways connecting one Yerushalayim neighborhood to another, and many neighborhoods have no eruv either. This ban includes carrying to and from the Kosel.
One wishing to inquire before Shabbos is urged to phone the hotline number, 1-700-501-522.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)