By COLlive reporter
A letter signed by Rabbi Yechiel Kalmenson stipulates that his support of the construction of eruvin in large cities does not pertain to one particular neighborhood.
In a typed letter dated late Shevat 5782 and bearing his signature, Rabbi Kalmenson says that his public calls and ruling have been interpreted as “mixing in on the issue of the Eruv in Crown Heights.”
His support has included being one of the 16 signatories of a letter stating that an Eruv in a metropolis was not against the view of Chabad Rebbes.
In a new halachic analysis, published last week on COLlive.com, Rabbi Kalmenson explains in detail how the concept of a city too large to be enclosed in an Eruv didn’t exist today.
He explained how this was in accordance with the views of the Alter Rebbe, Tzemach Tzedek and the Rebbe himself, based on rulings of the rishonim and achronim.
He said that it was clear that his writing “has no connection whatsoever, or taking a position, regarding the Eruv in Crown Heights.”
He added that the reasoning of rabbonim of the neighborhood and members of the Crown Heights Beis Din on why a local Eruv should not be constructed is not against the opinion of the Rebbes.