TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) -- Members of Tenafly's Orthodox Jewish community have reported acts of vandalism against a controversial ritual enclosure.
In several cases, they said rubber strips used to erect an eruv were stripped from utility poles.
An eruv is an enclosure of wires and poles that creates a "fence" extending the domain of Orthodox homes. Its principal benefit is to allow women to push baby strollers in the street while walking to synagogue, and to allow men to carry personal items with them -- things normally forbidden on the Sabbath.
The eruv in Tenafly has become the center of a legal battle between the town's Orthodox Jewish community and its government.
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