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March 24, 2017

There's a Wire Above Manhattan That You've Probably Never Noticed

It's hard to imagine that anything literally hanging from utility poles across Manhattan could be considered "hidden," but throughout the borough, about 18 miles of translucent wire stretches around the skyline, and most people have likely never noticed. It's called an eruv (plural eruvin), and its existence is thanks to the Jewish Sabbath.

On the Sabbath, which is viewed as a day of rest, observant Jewish people aren't allowed to carry anything—books, groceries, even children—in public places (doing so is considered "work"). The eruv encircles much of Manhattan, acting as a symbolic boundary that turns the very public streets of the city into a private space, much like one's own home. This allows people to freely communicate and socialize on the Sabbath—and carry whatever they please—without having to worry about breaking Jewish law. | Mental Floss

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 24, 2017 4:36 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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But they are allowed to walk around, which isn't considered work.


Posted by: ghostsniper at March 24, 2017 7:13 PM

If that makes them happy, I'm happy. I happen to come from a background where pretending comes back to bite you, so that kind of stuff is not for me.

Posted by: billH at March 25, 2017 7:32 AM

They're banking a lot on the belief that God wouldn't see through such a childish dodge.

In other news:

Wow, Comedy Central is trying something bold, fresh, and never before offered here.

It makes one tired after a little while. This crap is beginning to feel like a foreign culture.

Posted by: Monty James at March 25, 2017 8:56 AM

There's one in Minnesota also, in the suburb of St. Louis Park. Apparently the power company works with the Jewish community, as part of the border consists of a power line.

Posted by: Gordon at March 25, 2017 9:12 PM

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