There's a hidden wire stretched above Manhattan

Manhattan is just one of hundreds of metropolitan areas in the United States that has an eruv, which is a wire that symbolically turns public spaces into private spaces during the Jewish Sabbath.

From Mental Floss:

On the Sabbath, which is viewed as a day of rest, observant Jewish people aren't allowed to carry anything — books, groceries, even children — in public places (doing so is considered "work"). The eruv encircles much of Manhattan, acting as a symbolic boundary that turns the very public streets of the city into a private space, much like one's own home. This allows people to freely communicate and socialize on the Sabbath — and carry whatever they please—without having to worry about breaking Jewish law. Along with everything else in New York City, the eruv isn't cheap. It costs a group of Orthodox synagogues $100,000 a year to maintain the wires, which are inspected by a rabbi every Thursday before dawn to confirm they are all still attached.

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  1. Richard Dawkins has been known to hang outside of Brises eating non-kosher hotdogs with ketchup.

  2. Mod note #2: Chilling needs to take place. Step away from the keyboard and head outside. Get some fresh air, it'll do you good.

  3. It's not my religion, but the thought that there's a group that has observed complicated rules for thousands of years, and has been gaming those rules for just as long is somehow comforting. (Or at least a good belly laugh, which is much the same.)

  4. But.. but.. I thought only Jews did that :confused: /s

  5. Just noting the irony that a comment complaining about Jewish people and their pesky rules lawyering got deleted for... rules lawyering.

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