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Jews at HomeThe Domestication of Identity$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113461

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.001.0001

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The Domestication of Urban Jewish Space and the North-West London Eruv

The Domestication of Urban Jewish Space and the North-West London Eruv

(p.43) One The Domestication of Urban Jewish Space and the North-West London Eruv
Jews at Home

Jennifer Cousineau

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at how space is domesticated inside and outside the house for Jewish purposes. It considers the consequences of constructing an eruv in London and the controversies that this engendered. Structurally, the eruv (technically, eruv ḥatserot, meaning ‘a mingling of courtyards’) is an urban space whose disparate areas are regarded halakhically as forming a single unit by virtue of the contiguity of its boundaries. Here, the chapter examines the experience of the structure as built, rather than discussing the detail of its planning and construction. Furthermore, it focuses on ordinary Jews rather than on the Jewish leadership, and on women's lives rather than men's. Of methodological interest here is the investigation of space objectively and subjectively by inviting participants to draw cognitive maps of their public and domestic spaces.

Keywords:   urban Jewish space, North-West London eruv, eruv, eruv controversy, women's lives, public spaces, domestic spaces

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