Definition of eruv in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛrʊv/

noun (plural eruvim /ˈɛrʊvɪm/ or eruvs)

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).


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

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