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Walking the fine line of religious real estate

From AOL Real Estate
Published on Oct 11, 2011

Editor's note: The following item is republished with permission of AOL Real Estate. View the original article. By STEFANOS CHEN For Daniel Kraus, an Orthodox Jewish renter in Midtown Manhattan, a downed utility pole could put the kibosh on all his weekend plans -- but not for the reasons you might think. Kraus (pictured above with his family) was caught in "a flutter of email" last Friday, when it was discovered that a pole marking part of his community's ritual boundary, known as an "eruv," was damaged. The purpose of an eruv -- a series of nearly invisible wires strung high above street level on utility poles and lampposts -- is to create a symbolic home in which observant Jews are allowed to perform some tasks that are otherwise prohibited on Shabbat, the time between sundown Friday and Saturday evening. Chief among these privileges: carrying items (like walking canes and keys) and moving objects (like baby strollers and wheelchairs).  As a d...

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