The Stamford Eruv was
constructed to enhance observance of
Shabbat. It is important, however, that we use the Eruv
in conformance with Halacha.
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Contribute to the Eruv
Maintaining the Stamford Eruv requires the
occasional outlay for
supplies and the annual insurance premium. If you would like to
contribute to help us maintain the
Stamford Eruv, please click
here. Your generous contribution will be set aside by
Congregation Agudath Sholom to support the eruv. Thanks!
Maps of the Stamford
Stamford Jewish community member David
Hochman of Young Israel
of Stamford has built an online interactive map of the Stamford
Please note that this project remains a work-in-progress and there are
some specific areas of the map that do not match the exact location of
here to see the interactive map of the Stamford Eruv.
comments, questions and corrections about this map to David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checking the Eruv
The Eruv is checked
weekly. If you believe you have spotted any difficulty with the Eruv,
please call the shul office immediately.
Carrying on Shabbat
The Torah prohibits carrying objects
between public (r'shus harabim)
and private (r'shus hayachid) domains, and within the public
itself, on Shabbat. An enclosed area is a private domain.
every unenclosed area is considered to be r'shus harabim.
in an area which is not a private domain and which does not fulfill the
requirements of a public domain (known as a carmelis) is
prohibited. The rabbis also prohibit carrying from one person's
domain to that of another.
What is an Eruv?
A carmelis may be transformed into r'shus
enclosing it with a continuous series of doorposts and walls. This has
in Stamford using wires and plastic sticks attached to poles beneath
In order to permit carrying in this r'shus hayachid from
and vice versa, special arrangements have been made within the city to
"purchase" the right to consider Stamford as being under one
"ownership" for 99 years. Furthermore, in order for us to
consider all of the houses owned by Jews as being under one ownership,
rabbis have mandated a symbolic sharing of food. (In fact, the
refers specifically to this food.) A member of our community has
the food (matzoth) on behalf of the entire community. A blessing
commandment of making an eruv was recited. The food is kept as
symbol of the unification of the community. It is customary to
process each year before Pesach.
An eruv cannot transform a Biblical
public domain into a private
domain. The construction of the eruv in Stamford is based
opinion of a majority of the halachic authorities that cities like
not Biblical public domains. There are, however, minority
view Stamford as a Biblical public domain. While it is a mitzvah to
construct an eruv where possible, there is no
requirement to carry during Shabbat just
because there is an eruv. An individual who wishes to be more
and avoid carrying because of these other opinions should be respected.
What does an Eruv
The eruv allows one to carry
outside of one's house only those items
which normally may be carried inside on Shabbat. For example, one may
or from shul a Tallit, siddur, handkerchief, or house key. The eruv
especially benefits families who wish to carry their young ones and/or
baby carriage or stroller, which is permitted within an eruv.
(Please note that one of the great pleasures of having an eruv
is that it
allows parents to bring their children to shul; however, in bringing
children to shul to fulfill the parental obligation of chinuch
training), one should also take heed to properly educate the child in
appropriate synagogue behavior.)
What is not permitted
with the Eruv?
All activities prohibited on Shabbat,
with the exception of carrying, are
prohibited even within an eruv. For example, watering
mailing letters, giving gifts other than food intended for use on
picking fruit and flowers, and bicycle riding may not be done on
within an eruv. There are a number of common articles
with may not
be carried, including those which are muktzeh (forbidden to be
Shabbat), such as car keys (since a car cannot be used on Shabbat) and
(even if opened before Shabbat). Similarly, preparations for
Shabbat (for example carrying chairs next door for a Saturday night
prohibited. If you have any specific questions, please ask Rabbi