The Monsey Eruv: A Quarter Century of Selfless Service to the Rockland County Community
Known for its sprawling green lawns and its relatively relaxed place, it is surprising to realize that Money is recognized for a communal assetthat one might expect to find in a larger, more populated Jewish neighborhood - one of the largest and complex eruvin in the world. Constructing an eruv that covers such a vast amount of space and involves multiple halachic issues is no small feat, and it has taken 25 years of effort, relationship building and incredible siyatadishmaya to create the Rockland County eruv of today.
Historically, Monsey has been home to multiple eruvin for decades, some dating back as far back as the sixties and seventies. Those small privately constructederuvin covered groups of streets here and there and even some small neighborhoods, but by the winter of 1995-1996, Monsey’s rabbonim got together and agreed that with the community’s continued growth, the time had come to establish a central organization that would oversee all of the local eruvin and place them under the auspices of a single rabbinical authority. The Monsey Eruv Association was established to ensure the highest level of kashrus throughout the Monsey area, and it began the extensive task of supervising all of the local eruvin under the watchful eye of its ba’almachshir, Rabbi Yechiel Steinmetz shlita.