It was a typical erev Shabbos in the house 2 weeks ago. I scrambled to get Shabbos ready before my boys came home, so that I could take them out to the park and have a calm and happy licht bentchen.
I didn’t have time to sit online, so when my husband asked me if I had read the speech by Rabbi Heller about the eruv. I said that I saw an article was written, but I did not read it
Basically, Rabbi Heller said that anyone who carries on Shabbos is Posul L’aidus, their wine is yayin nesach, and their kitchen is traif. When my husband first related this, I didn’t think too much into it, because how would it affect me?
Rabbi Heller said something very strong, and for the first time in a long time that my memory serves me, all the rabbonim are on board with him. Suddenly there is achdus in the community…
But then talking to my husband about next week, I told him that I volunteered to make supper for a family from a chesed agency in Crown Heights. That is when I realized that this is how this horrifying eruv controversy really will affect every single one of us!
There are at least 3 bikur cholim agencies that make breakfasts, or suppers for families. Women cook in their homes, and then deliver to the house where the family accepts it.
If a lady uses the eruv, her house has a halacha of being traif. Does that mean now that these incredible chesed agencies need to ask all their ladies if they are using the eruv or not?
Because up until now, I know that in the agency (be it for kimpeturin moms of new borns, for breakfast, or the agency that does suppers for families of newborns, or the agency that does supper for families with sick loved ones).
One only needs to volunteer to make supper, and they go on a list of nashim tzidkonios who do incredible work for the klal. Is it the facilitator’s jobs to make sure that none of the volunteers use the eruv?
How about the guys? Lately we have two liquor stores in the community, sometimes they make wine tastings. Do they have to become vigilant now that they will not serve non mevushal wines at their tastings? Should the proprietor of the store ask his customers if they use the eruv too?
What about giving a kibud to a loved one under the chupah, do we have to now ask if the witness uses the eruv, because the kesubah could now be considered unkosher, causing a married couple to live without a kosher kesubah?
After Gimmel tammuz there were plenty of haters who took bets as to how long Lubavitch would last without the Rebbe. They found out quickly that their speculations had no grounds. But now in the name of Shabbos observance, from the inside out, our community stands to be destroyed?
When I lived out of town we were able to draw a clear line about kashrus observance, if the person was not shomer Shabbos, we did not eat in their house. How is this line going to be drawn? When a person does a shidduch will the eruv need to be discussed before the couple goes out? (Is that side really shomer Shabbos?)
I am so saddened by this situation, and like my Rebbe says, “As ess tut vey shrait men.” When it hurts, a person will scream out in pain.
It’s scary to think that when a family needs a supper, they need to be wary of who they are taking from, or that the incredible ladies who run the volunteer corps should have to start asking questions…
Achdus brings all sorts of brochos to our community. In this shnas Hakhel let’s all gather together, and really hear what our king would say! “Lman yishme’u Ulman yilmedu, vyaru ess Hashem elokecha!”