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 (âr′o͝ov, ĕr′-)
n. pl. er·u·vin (-o͝o-vĭn′) or er·u·vim (-o͝o-vĭm′) or er·uvs Judaism
A symbolic enclosure, marked by preexisting walls or by cord or wire strung on posts, nominally converting public space into private space and so permitting activities that would otherwise be prohibited on the Sabbath.

[Post-Biblical Hebrew 'êrûb, verbal noun of 'ērēb, to mix, mingle (from the fact that under Halachic law the separate households in the eruv are considered to be a single household, or mingled ), from Hebrew 'ēreb, mixture; see ʕrb in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈɛəruːv; ˈɛruːv)
(Judaism) Judaism an area, circumscribed by a symbolic line, within which certain activities forbidden to Orthodox Jews on the Sabbath are permitted
[C20: from Hebrew, literally: mixture, mixing]
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"Jewish Space in Suburbia: Interpreting the Eruv Conflict in Tenafly, New Jersey." Contemporary Jewry 27(1):42-79.
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Nos sorprende el libro del profesor Palomino al incluir algunas imagenes de simbolos religiosos (velo islamico, kirpan sij, eruv judio), inusuales en trabajos juridicos, pero muy oportunas por la materia que se trabaja en este.
Once again appropriately organized around a series of spatial topoi, part 2 examines the bayit (house/home), the desert, the eruv, the synagogue, the ghetto, and the shtetl.
It is no more of an inconvenience for non-believers or adherents of other faiths than when the state permits the erection of an eruv. The state is not becoming grossly entangled in religious affairs as per the Lemon Test, and there is no recognition or favoritism of one religion over another; any civil servant from any religious background is permitted to wear their religious dress.
Mike Witcombe draws upon the concept of the eruv to explore Michael Chabon's and Howard Jacobson's novels, looking at the ways in which an "eruvic" analysis can illuminate broader Jewish understandings of "inside" and "outside" and of "at home" and "not at home." Tommy Givens seeks to explore the ways in which "the structured ideological influence of modern nationalism" has affected Jewish understandings of the Land of Israel and of the idea of homeland, in ways that are frequently underestimated.
Each municipality, in turn, has a rabbinical council, which provides a marriage registrar and a rabbi to arrange the chuppah ceremony and is responsible for religious services in the municipality such as kashrut supervision, an eruv and mikvahs.
Infrastructure like a religious school and an eruv, a ritual boundary that allows actions normally prohibited outside the home on the Sabbath (carrying things, for example).
An eruv constructed last summer ignited a tense battle among residents of the Miami Beach neighborhood of Pinetree Park, and it shows no signs of simmering.