Sunday, December 30, 2007

Boulder Eruv Freakout

Thought provoking, ain't it?

(original article found here)


Blogger -suitepotato- said...

I mind that utility poles which are not up for semi-perm to perm use by various private organizations by lease or otherwise will be granted to Aish Kodesh.

Further, I mind that those within the eruv who are or are not Jewish and do not wish to follow the chumras of Aish Kodesh may by this feel pressured by the fact that greater importance how now been placed on Aish Kodesh than the non Aish Kodesh resident by virtue of this lease.

Even further still, I mind that the history of such things is that eventually some of the less tolerant and patient of the crowd with the upper hand tend to actually force themselves and their ways on those who never signed on for it.

Lastly, I dislike this idea that you can conveniently invent exceptions to halacha and essentially modify and change halacha whenever it suits the rabbinical authorities of a community yet they hypocritically deny it all together. Eruv or no, some things are not to be done at certain times and if our world has become such that the exceptions must be made, strings and wires cannot be the boundary, but case and instance must be.

This makes rabbinical Judaism look silly. It points up the need for the admission that the oral law must be born of heart and soul and subject to the same evolution and adaptation in human society and progress as G-d alloted us to be able to do. Else, why are we even allowed to wear non-four-cornered garments at all? Or have cars and not asses? G-d never said we should be steady state.

Personally, I do work on Shabbat because before conversion I gave my word I would do this schedule. I do housework on that day because the rest of the week my work is for me and my family. The housework I do while talking with G-d, who commands me to try to be responsible. I do it with and for Him. Your milage may vary.

December 30, 2007 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would recommend that you learn the halachos of eruvin prior to making any comments regarding the issue. An eruv does not circumvent any laws at all. It was the rabbis who prohibited carrying in certain areas who established the laws of eruvin to allow carrying in these areas.

December 30, 2007 11:21 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Hmm, I guess I wasn't intending to argue whether or not eruvin make sense; I was looking at it from a more general angle.

My personal philosophy is live and let live. If I can make my neighbors' life easier without any downside to me, I can't imagine saying - "Well, it doesn't make sense so they shouldn't do it!". Heck, even if it made my life slightly less convenient, I might still consider it, just because I would hope that when it was my turn to ask for something, they would do the same for me.

December 31, 2007 7:00 AM  

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