By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, the senior member of the Crown Heights Beis Din (Badatz), issued a second letter on Monday clarifying his stance on building a local Eruv.
Titled “Clarification,” this letter follows a previous one in which he said construction of an Eruv must be done in consultation with the neighborhood’s rabbis.
In the new letter, Rabbi Osdoba writes: “It is forbidden for anyone to help or support in any way whatsoever, the building of an eruv in our neighborhood.”
He wrote this ruling after “I’ve received a detailed letter from HaRav Yehuda Leib Groner, the Rebbe‘s secretary for more than 40 years.”
Rabbi Groner related to him the Rebbe’s words: “Ich vel nit derlozin machin an eruv in unzer shechuna” (I will not allow an eruv to be made in our neighborhood.”
“It’s self-understood that the Rebbe’s decision is final,” Rabbi Osdoba wrote in his new letter.
He added that since his first letter was being “interpreted as a form of support” for the Eruv, he stated that “I have never considered building an Eruv in our neighbrohood.”
Rabbi Osdoba now explained that “this is not halachically possible, not only for those who follow the Alter Rebbe, but also according to other poskim.”
His words are echoed in a halachic responsa written by Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine, the chief librarian of the Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad and elucidator of the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch.
An English translation by Rabbi Eli Tauger of his 10-page explanation was provided to COLlive. Download Here