14 October 2012

It really comes in handy

I was at the quarterly meeting of my investment club today and our hostess is Orthodox Jewish.  The topic of carrying during the Sabbath ("what about your children?  Can you carry them?") came up and so my friend was explaining that some Jewish communities create what she described as a sort of fence to enclose, say a neighborhood, and make carrying acceptable within that space.

"Oh," I said, "an eruv?"

My friend's jaw dropped and she said "You know that?!"

Her equally stunned husband said "How do you know that?"

"Huh," said the husband, "maybe they shouldn't be defunded."


Maureen said...
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Maureen said...

Thanks for posting that link. I'd never heard of eruvim before, so you and NPR have enlightened me.

Bej said...

Bless you for doing your part to save public radio. :)