Three municipalities in the U.S. state of New Jersey resisted the
construction of an eruv within their borders in 2017 and 2018. An eruv
is used by Orthodox Jews as a ritual boundary that facilitates travel on
the Jewish Sabbath, and the one in Bergen County was marked by plastic
pipes attached to utility poles. Mahwah, Upper Saddle River and Montvale
ordered it dismantled, as their permission had not been obtained. During
the controversy, many Mahwah residents angrily protested against the
prospect of Orthodox Jews from Rockland County, New York, using local
parks or seeking to buy homes there. The eruv association brought
federal lawsuits against each of the municipalities. In Mahwah, an
ordinance was passed barring nonresidents of New Jersey from its parks,
leading to accusations of anti-Semitism. A settlement was reached
allowing the eruv to remain, but Mahwah still faces a lawsuit from the
New Jersey Attorney General accusing it of discrimination.
Today's selected anniversaries:
Ottoman forces captured the city of Shkodër to put down the
Albanian revolt of 1910.
The Treaty of Lausanne was signed to settle the Anatolian part
of the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire, establishing the boundaries
of modern Turkey.
A gunman entered the United States Capitol and opened fire,
killing two police officers.
Fifty minutes after departing Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Air
Algérie Flight 5017 disappeared from radar, and its wreckage was found
the next day in Mali, with no survivors of the 116 people aboard.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive, intransitive, Canada, US) To fill up (for example, a
tank in a vehicle with gas, petrol, etc.).
2. (transitive, intransitive, slang) To intoxicate (especially with
3. (intransitive) To install a tank.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
In many ways life is less random than we think. In your past and
mine, there have been times when we have, on some lonely trail,
constructed a device aimed into our future. Perhaps nothing ever comes
along to trigger it. We live through the safe years. But, for some
people, something moves on the half-forgotten path, and something arches
out of the past and explodes in the here and now.
--John D. MacDonald
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