Why is an eruv necessary?

Based on the sincerely-held religious belief of certain observant Jews, without an eruv, they are unable to push or carry objects outside their homes on the Sabbath and Yom Kippur.

As a result, men or women who are confined to wheelchairs or who have small children (or have relatives / guests who are) cannot attend Sabbath and Yom Kippur services or engage in any outside activity or even carry prayer books, keys, reading glasses or medicines.

The eruv serves to permit these everyday activities

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