Do's & Dont's

Overview
The purpose of the Eruv is the enhancement of Shabbat observance, not its diminution. All activity should be consistent with maintaining the sanctity and spiritual character of Shabbat. Remarkably, this will also guarantee the pleasure and relaxation of this special time!

Anyone who wishes to use the Eruv must ensure every Friday that the Eruv has been declared operational. One should not assume that the Eruv is operational. Many factors can invalidate an Eruv, and only specific authoritative confirmation on a Friday validates the Eruv for use each week.

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The Eruv status will also be posted on this website.

Since events are invariably planned far in advance - and to avoid any joyous event being marred by disappointment due to the temporary invalidation of the Eruv - all celebrations should be planned as if there were no Eruv. Food should be brought to the location of a Simchah before Shabbat, a copy of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah boy/girl's Devar Torah should be brought to Shul before Shabbat, etc.

Guidelines
Within an Eruv, you can carry outside your home in the same way as you can in your own house and garden. All other Shabbat restrictions are unaffected.

Do's and Don'ts

The Eruv Allows You To:

  • Push buggies and wheelchairs
  • Carry items used on Shabbat:

    • A Tallit or Siddur to Shul
    • A book to a class or Shiur
    • Food items for use on Shabbat
    • Glasses, house keys etc.
The Eruv Does Not Allow You To:
  • Carry items on Shabbat for use after Shabbat
  • Carry items that are "Muktzah"

    • An item whose main use is prohibited on Shabbat, e.g. writing implement, notepad, tool, wallet, purse, electronic key , mobile phone
    • An umbrella even if opened before Shabbat may not be carried on Shabbat
    • An item which is neither food nor a utensil that has a practical use on Shabbat, e.g. money, animal, credit card, stone
    • A valuable item that one expends extra care for its safety, e.g. passport, cheque, expensive painting, sale merchandise, etc
    • Any item which cannot be used on Shabbat or whose intended use is for after Shabbat e.g. car or office key

  • Athletic activities
  • Watering the lawn, gardening, picking flowers and fruits, etc
  • Playing with water, playing in a sprinkler, playing in a sandpit
  • Putting rubbish out for collection, mailing letters
  • Bringing gifts to hosts on Shabbat or Yom Tov (unless it is food to be consumed at that visit)
  • Enter the following: business establishments, stores, offices, libraries or places of entertainment (cinemas etc) - even if payment has been made in advance

If you are unsure whether a particular activity is permitted, please consult Rabbi Lew.

In and around the Synagogue
It is most important that the sanctity and dignity of the Synagogue be properly maintained:

  • Children of all ages should remain supervised and looked after at all times
  • The decorum and sanctity of the Services should not be disturbed
 
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