Share this entry

Share this page

eruv

Line breaks: eruv
Pronunciation: /ˈɛrʊv
 
/

Definition of eruv in English:

noun (plural eruvim, eruvs /ˈɛrʊvɪm/)

Judaism
An urban area enclosed by a wire boundary which symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath.
Example sentences
  • Moreover, the Orthodox wouldn't be able to attend synagogue on the Sabbath without an eruv.
  • The Eruv Association then sued for a court order protecting their eruv and permitting the lechis to remain in place.
  • However, my first Shabbat in Vancouver, I was informed that one is not allowed to carry anything on Shabbat (in the absence of an eruv, which didn't exist).

Origin

from Hebrew ‘ērūḇ, from a base meaning 'mixture'.

Definition of eruv in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…