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Jackson “Proposes” Biggest Eruv in North America – But is it Real? | G. Sonnenfeld

At this Tuesday evening’s Jackson Township Council meeting, its members will vote on a resolution allegedly allowing for the building of an eruv in Jackson.

While on its face it might seem like a big positive step forward, it appears to be, yet again, more political posturing for the sake of protecting Jackson from more Federal and State investigations and lawsuits, while in no way accommodating Jackson’s Jews and their religious freedom and liberties.

Take a moment, read the resolution. And then ask yourself; does this address the problem of endless harassment and discrimination?

The resolution only approves a single master “Township-wide eruv”, meaning a single eruv would need to encircle the entire border of Jackson, a “solution” which isn’t halachically, logistically, or financially feasible and would mean an Eruv that is over 40 miles long – see map.

Such a Master Eruv might cost millions, or tens of millions of dollars, crossing highways, rivers, streams, wetlands and more and would certainly require years of approvals and permits.

More telling, what the resolution does NOT do, is allow any other Eruv in Jackson.

Tellingly, Jackson refused to consult with any of its local Jewish residents about its resolution. How would they know if their Master 40 plus mile long eruv is feasible?

It appears to take a special level of chutzpah for politicians to tell people how best to practice their religion.

This resolution might seem like a step forward, but according to the local residents who have built local Eruvs and who are active in addressing Jackson discrimination this seems to a ploy Reina, Bressi, Calogero and Nixon are using to try to help extricate Jackson from their deep legal troubles and is not an honest solution.

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There are 10 Comments to "Jackson “Proposes” Biggest Eruv in North America – But is it Real? | G. Sonnenfeld"

  • bob says:

    BEEN SAYING FOR AWHILE..CANT TRUST JACKSON

  • leah says:

    Reina needs to go..such disrespect for religion

  • Supersize says:

    Super size it.

    What they don’t realize is, the larger the area – the more people move in.

    Funny.

  • monroe yid says:

    doesn’t all the residents living inside need to agree to make it kosher?

  • Seriously? says:

    I heard they are proposing a kapporos ban as well?

    These guys are nuts!

  • ask your rabbi says:

    Will be very difficult to make it kosher with so many forest land.

  • sath says:

    Clowns…what a waste of time unless they can clearly state how this affects change for the good ignore

  • John Carry says:

    This Eruv resolution doesn’t CARRY much weight with me, and I think that those who oppose this Eruv resolution are not getting CARRIED away at all. As far as politicians telling people how to best practice their religion, that’s an old problem, and not a new phenomenon.

  • LkwdGuy says:

    That sign at the Jackson border that says #Stand up to hate has the same effect and is coming from the same place as someone continuously kicking someone and apologizing as they keep doing it. #Jackson Weak.

  • Yoeli says:

    Biinyan zeh, can some one post all the eruvin in Lakewood on the scoop (and the rav hamachshir as well)?

    Thanks