The 'Net is alive...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The 'Net is alive...

...with news of the E³A eruv application, with the word most commonly used in reporting this noteworthy event, being "tensions."

While NYC's broadcast media1 have yet to re­discover this "Hamptons conflict," they will likely reappear right after the snow disappears.

(And if Magic's Pub ever reopens, they'll forage East, snow or no.)

For now, however, probably the fullest and most relatively balanced account of the conflict can be found in Stewart Ain's report for The Jewish Week...

Eruv Suit In Hamptons Fueling New Tensions

(Yup!, there's that word again!)

While the lead is a little soft on the "balanced" part...

"There are observant Jews in the Village of Westhampton Beach who have had to hire gentiles to push their baby carriages, strollers and wheelchairs alongside them so they could attend synagogue on the Sabbath and Yom Kippur."

Can't speak to whether anyone has "had" to do anything of the sort, but here's where it gets interesting:

"But a federal lawsuit filed last week — which is leading to renewed tensions between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews in the East End resort area"

And there it is: Jew versus Jew; observant versus non-observant, without once using the term "bigot," or calling the Villages and Town "anti-Semitic."

Finally, journalist Ain is to be commended for publishing his entire report without describing the area as "tony."

In the meanwhile, the Hamptons will just have to remain a powder keg of "tensions."

  1. Memo to Tim Dahlen: if you see anyone with a microphone and a cameraman, just walk away.


1. Shepard M. Scheinberg said...

So there appears to be employment opportunity in Westhampton Beach as a Shabbat Goy.

Now Shep, neither OtBB nor its readers waive what they call at the United Nations, "consecutive translation."

i.e., Huh?

2. Peter said...

27East reports that LIPA and Verizon have filed counter-suits.

Well, then that's their little scoop, isn't it?

In point of fact, it's not "counter-suits," but a joint suit against the three political sub-divisions... not individuals... and asks no damages, only a judicial opinion. It was served on Westhampton Beach, Quogue and Southampton Town late yesterday afternoon.
– Dean

3. Jeanne Speir said...

Heyyyy, Mr. Sheinberg has made a great observation. Need a little extra folding money? You too could be a Shabbat goy!! Hire a Gentile! Brilliant!

I don't get it... dear.

4. Shepard M. Scheinberg said...

Thank you Jeanne. You got my point. The Old Man is losing it.

Assuming, arguendo, that "the Old Man" ever had it to lose!

You could have explained exactly what the term meant, you know!

5. Tugboat Bertha said...

It seems odd that when some behaviors are against one's religion that it is okay to hire someone else to do the very thing that you can not do on the Sabbath. If I understand this right, it isn't the pushing of carriages, etc., that is the problem but who does the pushing?

Rem acu tetigisti. The Orthodox hypocrisy in the whole matter is stultifying!

6. EastEnd68 said...

I find it impossible to believe that God had a problem with baby carriages.

It's nothing to do with "baby carriages" but the activity involved, #1, and, #2, while God certainly wouldn't have "a problem," G-d might!

7. Hampton West said...

Is LIPA a public entity?

I know what you're thinking, 'cause I've been thinking about this, too. LIPA is non-profit municipal electric provider, and as such we are paying for a lawsuit against ourselves... and a Park Avenue firm like Morgan, Lewis & Bockius isn't cheap.

8. Hampton West said...

I'm still perplexed by the idea that an exemption to a religious law must be decreed by an arm of civic government - it makes no sense to me. If LIPA is indeed a public entity in any way I really have to object to their participation in a religious issue. They are in the business of providing electricity, and that's all. What ever happened to separation of church and state? And yes, we are suing ourselves!!!

We may have new law evolving from this: separation of Church and Utility.
– Dean

9. David Gertler said...

Don't know if you remember my essay from a few years back where I go into too much detail about the Shabbos Goy and their employment, but the Wikipedia article should be much easier to understand.

Simply though in response to Tugboat Bertha: my religion forbids me from eating certain foods - why would I stop you from eating them? This is not just from religion to religion, within Judaism there are things that are forbidden to "Priests" (a tribal classification, not an appointed leader) that are not forbidden to everyone else (and things that are permitted only to priests).

Note in the Wikipedia article or in my OtBB post from 2008 that a Jew is not permitted to ask someone to do a task on Shabbat because then the person would be doing it on the Jew's behalf, which is also forbidden (the rabbis saw that explicit level of circumvention as too transparent).

Nice to hear from you again, David... wondered where you'd gotten to.

It would be very interesting to learn your scholarly views on the current eruv strategy by E³A.

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