Thursday, November 04, 2010


Or, as we used to say in the decades before "Homer Simpson," Duh!

Headline in this morning's Southampton Press:

Letter Raises More Questions

...and mirrored on both as well as VaAni B'Sof HaMizrach.

"The Hampton Synagogue appears to have been considering an even larger symbolic Jewish religious boundary, known as an eruv, than it originally proposed for West­hampton Beach Village in 2008, according to a copy of a letter sent from an attorney to the house of worship in March."

OtBB reported this more than 30 months ago:

"What is apparent is that certain mem­bers of the Orthodox community would like to see the eruv encompass a greater area than is now proposed, but are being coun­seled to take "baby steps."

......and now people are standing around slack-jawed and thunderstruck at this latest "revelation?"

Hearken back to the 1993 multi-Board meeting during which the Hampton Synagogue was af­forded the unique opportunity to make a unifi­ed presentation before a joint assemblage of the Village Board, Planning Board and repre­sentatives of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Rabbi Marc Schneier testified at that time that there would be no parking dimension to the Synagogue's application because "Orthodox Jews do not drive on the Sabbath," and cited examples of congregants "walking from Rem­senburg to attend services twice a day."

(As Casey Stengel used to say: "You can look it up." The minutes of that meeting are available.)

How could anyone not think that Hampton Synagogue had always intended that their initial application for an eruv chatzerot was intended to be expanded at a later date?


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