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Largest Eruv in U.K. Going Operational

January 8, 2014 By:
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A section of an eruv in the Golan Height's village of Avnei Eitan. Photo from Wikimedia.

The United Kingdom’s largest eruv will be usable for the first time this Shabbat.

The Manchester eruv took 10 years to plan and construct and is the U.K.’s most technically complex enclosure, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.

Eruv experts from Jerusalem spent 10 days inspecting the enclosure before declaring it ready for use on Jan. 3, the newspaper reported. The boundary is 13 miles long and cuts across three boroughs of Manchester.

According to Jewish law, the eruv permits religious Jews to carry items in public on the Shabbat, including pushing baby carriages.

Meanwhile, the Conference of European Rabbis has published what it says is the first comprehensive list of kosher products certified by European kashrut authorities. The items are searchable by country, brand name, food type and kashrut authority.

“This online resource is a fantastic example of how modern technology can be used to make religious life a little easier,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said in a statement. “The project comes following a huge amount of hard work over recent months, and we will of course continue to update and improve it.”

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