eruv

eruv

[air-oov, er-; Sephardic Hebrew e-roov; Ashkenazic Hebrew ey-roov]
noun, plural eruvin [air-oo-vin, er-; Sephardic Hebrew e-roo-veen; Ashkenazic Hebrew ey-roo-vin] , eruvs. Judaism.
1.
any of three rabbinical enactments that ease certain sabbath restrictions.
2.
a line delineating an area in which Orthodox Jews may carry on certain activities normally forbidden on the Sabbath.
Also, erub.


Origin:
< Hebrew ʿērūbh literally, mixture, mixing

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eruv (ˈɛəruːv, ˈɛruːv)
 
n
Judaism an area, circumscribed by a symbolic line, within which certain activities forbidden to Orthodox Jews on the Sabbath are permitted
 
[C20: from Hebrew, literally: mixture, mixing]

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Main Entry:  eruv
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a private area for observant Jews in which they can move on the Sabbath without the restrictions on public Sabbath activity
Etymology:  from Hebrew erub 'mixing', for the mixing of public and private activity
Usage:  plural eruvim
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