Uh oh... <i>oy vey iz undz?</i>

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Uh oh... oy vey iz undz?

Updated Wednesday, 01/07/2015 – 11:16 pm

From today's Times of Israel:

Court upholds Westhampton Beach Shabbat boundary

"A federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the recently constructed symbolic religious boundary around Westhampton Beach on Long Island.

The 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals in New York ruled that the plastic strips placed on utility poles in the village to designate the eruv do not breach the separ­ation of church and state."

But wait... later in the article we learn:

"The case was brought by the Jewish People for the Betterment of Westhampton Beach – a group of Jews against the eruv – against the Village of Westhampton Beach, the East End Eruv Association, Verizon and the Long Island Lighting Company, or LILCO. Verizon and LILCO were involved in the construction of the eruv."


It's the JPOE lawsuit! (Text of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision.)

Related reports and reactions

Nothing current has been posted to the Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv (née "JPOE") blogspot in over four months.


1. Scarlett said...

Usually I "get" you – not today! What are you trying to tell us?

Well, if you didn't "get" it, then all is lost and explication is in order.

Yesterday's Second Circuit decision relates to the JPOE (or whatever they fashion themselves as now-a-days) lawsuit, and not the one prosecuted by the Village.

(Nor does it have any bearing on Quogue Village and Southampton Town.)

And note that it was the decision of a three-person panel, and I believe that JPOE could still petition for an en bloc hearing... the full court.
– Dean

2. Jack O'Dwyer said...

I'm a reporter who has had a home in Westhampton Beach 27 years and who is writing about the eruv dispute. Our website has extensive coverage of this including condem­na­tion of the January 6 Appeals Court ruling that the eruv is not a "religious symbol." The Freedom from Religion Foundation and The Friendly Atheist both rap the decision.

Nice to hear from you, Jack... your direct links have been added to today's report.
– Dean

3. Gordie Howe said...

Hey Dean –

I almost had a free lunch, then I read further....

Still believe it will be coming.



We shall see what we shall see... however, I think Arnie Sheiffer's been benched.

4. Hampton West said...


Bad decision – civic governments have no business in recognizing exemptions to religious laws.

I do not understand the logic.

Don't feel badly... obviously the three judge panel didn't understand the case.

Or maybe they'd met Arnie Sheiffer and he'd pissed them off as well.

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