For about fourteen years now, the rabbis of Amsterdam have been going out once a year to lock the Utrecht Bridge in the east of the city over the Ambetel River and the ‘Rosenord’ bridge of the train to pace the use of a ‘door’ made of nylon threads that serves as the city’s locking door. .
Due to technical difficulties while pulling the ‘door’ properly according to Halacha, the Av Beit Din of Amsterdam and a member of the Standing Committee and the Great Court of the ‘European Rabbinical Conference’ Rabbi Eliezer Wolf turned to the municipal engineer and he found engineers who make it easier for rabbis in their work and upgrade the bed. The plywood threads of the ‘door’.
A few days ago at midnight, a member of the Amsterdam Rabbinate, Rabbi Shmuel Katz, and the rabbi of the rabbinate, Rabbi Naftali Gronbat, headed by Rabbi Wolf and the city engineer, set out to close the ‘door’ for a limited time and the Amsterdam police closed And the ‘Rosenord’ bridge for train traffic cannot allow your execution properly.
Many of Amsterdam and a member of the Standing Conference of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Eliezer Wolf explained: “As is well known, for the mixture to be ‘proper, the city must be surrounded on all sides, somewhat by the’ shape of the opening ‘.”
“In the canal city of Amsterdam, the city’s rabbis have for years sought to lay pillars and stretch wires over them as was done in all Israeli cities and the Diaspora, but due to the city’s opposition to establishing an ‘opening shape’ on two definitions two goals of the environment and our situation can not be place.”
Rabbi Wolf further explained: “The wall to raise the mountain, which is a partition, was also disqualified due to the bridges and the movement of large vessels and the more flowing people who cancel the mover.” The wall of the river channel constitutes a demarcation according to Halacha. On 11 of the 13 permanent bridges, the municipality approved the installation of the ‘shape of the opening’. “
It should be noted that the halachic surprise of establishing a eruv by the ‘door worthy of a lock’, which was approved by the great arbitrators Zatzokal and Yavdalha, was conceived by former Amsterdam rabbi Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag – some chairman of the Rabbinical Association of the USA and Canada and father D. The Special Court of the Agonot Conference in Amsterdam.
On both sides of the bridges were placed, operations in collaboration with municipal engineers and the railway company, properly assembled metal boxes with a pulley with twisted nylon threads that stretch across fences and form a ‘plywood door’, which may be locked. In order for the “door” to be “locked”, it is necessary to really develop the ropes and loosen the bridges across them a little more a year.
“The halachic operation to help with the ‘door worthy of locking’ is really the special voice of the circumstances of the city of Amsterdam due to the municipality’s opposition to installing the ‘opening shape’ in the other two permanent bridges and the expansion of the great arbitrators,” says Rabbi Wolf, “but who aggravates grain Congratulations. “
It should be noted that ahead of the opening of the ‘European Rabbinical Conference’, a function is currently underway in Amsterdam four years ago, chaired by Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, head of the Hebron Yeshiva, Rabbi David Cohen, Rabbi Asher Weiss and Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau The participants in Europe held a special tribute to the Jewish community and the rabbis of the Eruv Initiative Conference in Amsterdam and to mark the tenth anniversary of its establishment in honor of the Amsterdam Municipality and the railway management who greatly assisted in its establishment.
At the ceremony, the participants received GRA Ralbag’s book on the eruv;