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The Nearly Invisible Wires That Enclose Nearly All Major Cities of The World

Unbeknownst to many, there are translucent fishing lines that wrap hundreds of cities around the world. On utility poles and lamp posts, above pedestrian heads and on the roofs of homes, these wires are barely visible and hardly affect the lives of millions of people living in these cities. But for Orthodox Jews, these imperceptible strings, running for dozens of miles, mark an important religious boundary that allows devoted people to maintain their faith.

The strings mark the boundary of a ritualistic enclosure called an eruv, within which observant Jews may perform certain duties that are not permitted outside the home during the Sabbath. These duties are often mundane, such as using a stroller to carry house keys, tissues, medicines, or children around, but necessary enough to function in life. So observing the rules of the Sabbath not only interferes with life but also prevents the Jews from fulfilling their religious duties. For example, families with young children who use prams and pushchairs, or the physically disabled, who use wheelchairs, are effectively housebound. They can't even go to the synagogue.

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