A Guest Blog Exclusive to OtBB.
For the first time ever, OtBB
is opening up to a "Guest Author," David Gertler, who for the past four months has been covering the Hampton Synagogue's attempts to obtain municipal approval to establish an eruv
within the Village. Take it away, David!
What follows opens up floodgates that do not exist for my core readership in various Jewish media.
As an individual who has devoted the greater part of his life to critical analysis of Biblical and Rabbinic texts including the context of their time and detail of their language and also lives a lifestyle that many unbiased observers would categorize as aligned with that of Orthodox Judaism, I feel a bit unnerved by one of the arguments the eruv opposition has tossed forth.
This idea can be most simply formulated as: "forget the lawyer, attack the law." While Rabbi Marc Schneier has risen to the task of advancing the members of Westhampton Beach (and surrounding municipalities) in their animosity toward the tenets of Rabbinic Judaism, others, not so qualified, have suggested he use his authority to issue variances to the law. More...