Old Rituals, Modern World

From Salman Hameed of Irtiqa:

I think I’m fascinated by ways in which people deal with millennia old rituals in the modern world. It appears that the recent snowstorms on the U.S. East Coast disrupted one such religious practice: eruv. I must confess this is the first time I read about it:

Almost literally invisible even to observant Jews, the wire or string of an eruv, connected from pole to pole, allows the outdoors to be considered an extension of the home. Which means, under Judaic law, that one can carry things on the Sabbath, an act that is otherwise forbidden outside the house.
Prayer shawls, prayer books, bottles of wine, platters of food and, perhaps most important, strollers with children in them—Orthodox Jews can haul or tote such items within the eruv. When a section of an eruv is knocked down by, let’s say, a big snowstorm, then the alerts go out by Internet and robocall, and human behavior changes dramatically.

It is the last part that I love—the news is being delivered through some ultra-modern means. I’m assuming that they are using Twitter by now.

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