Letter: Eruv is a symbol of courtesy

The original request for an eruv in the

The original request for an eruv in the Hamptons, made by The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, divided the community and led to the creation of Jews Against the Eruv, a group that argued an eruv could change the character of their village. (October 13, 2010) (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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The claim by Quogue trustees that permitting an eruv could be seen as "an endorsement of a particular religion" is obvious nonsense ["Quogue: Eruv would violate village codes," News, May 23]. An eruv just enables Orthodox Jews to do secular things, such as pushing a baby carriage, on the Sabbath without violating their beliefs. It does not endorse those beliefs.

An eruv is just an act of courtesy and consideration to Orthodox Jewish neighbors.

Martin W. Helgesen, Malverne

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