By COLlive reporter
Constructing an Eruv for the Crown Heights Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn must be done with the consent of local rabbis, says Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, the most senior member of the Crown Heights Beis Din (Badatz).
In a public letter issued on Thursday, 4 Iyar 5776, and sent to COLlive.com, Rabbi Osdoba writes: “The construction of an Eruv requires the expertise of a highly qualified Rov with experience (in construction of an Eruv) and endorsed by the Mara D’Asra.”
He warned that an Eruv which is built without these requirements, “the kashrus of the Eruv becomes highly questionable and can cause a serious breach in Shabbos observance, G-d forbid.”
His letter comes in response to recent discussions on COLlive.com exploring the possibilities and needs of constructing an Eruv in Crown Heights.
But a person close to the young residents who are promoting the idea admitted that initial work on an Eruv has already begun. “It’s 2 years in the works,” he said, asking to remain anonymous.
Rabbi Osdoba stated in his letter that “I was never approached by any Rabbi of the community or any other member with an official position in the community regarding the construction of an Eruv.”
His letter seems to be at odds with the scathing letter from the Rebbe‘s secretary Rabbi Leibel Groner who said the Rebbe “reiterated on several occasions that no one has permission to make an Eiruv here.”
But a source in Rabbi Osdoba’s office confirmed to COLlive.com that the option is not being ruled out. “Theoretically, it is possible – only if it’s done right,” he said. “It’s not simple and must be done correctly.”
The proposed Eruv for Crown Heights: