Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 23, 2021

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A home away from home

Vienna is home to all-new eruv. “What’s an eruv?” you say. Well, to an untrained eye it’s almost nothing, but to a Jew it’s a symbolic enclosure designed to make life more convenient on the Sabbath. Under Torah law, observant Jews aren’t permitted to carry items from their private homes into a public street on the day of rest. The area defined as one's home can be extended, however, through the creation of an eruv. Vienna’s new 25-kilometre eruv consists of walls, fences, wires and natural borders, including the Danube River. It stretches from the river itself to Gürtel ring road, covering the central districts. Most interestingly, it’s the first to be erected since the 1938 to 1945 Nazi regime. or

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