After much speculation to that effect, reports on the existence of a new Eruv encircling the northern section of Crown Heights emerged, leading many to wonder what is the Rebbe’s view on the matter.
One answer from the Rebbe may shed some light on the matter. The answer is with regard to a prospective Eruv in Australia, circa 5740, and is found in a Tshura from the wedding of Binyomin and Chana Gordon, printed in the summer of 5773.
The Choson’s father, R’ Yosef Yitzchok Gordon was a member of a committee tasked with erecting an Eruv that would cover a section of a residential area in Australia. The following is a loose translation of a verbal response from the Rebbe about the initiative, which was communicated through Mazkir R’ Leibel Groner:
“My opinion is known that is this generation, a man or organization that is considered [regarded] by others, that erects an Eruv, and knows that ultimately that fact will be publicized — this is a grave stumbling block, because it’s impossible that there should not occur [at least] one Shabbos Kodesh when the Eruv will be Passul — and by nature when people get used to multiple times to carry on Shabbos Kodesh no notification or announcement that it’s Passul and prohibited [to carry] etc. will help that people avoid carrying.
An Eruv should only be erected discreetly.”
The Rebbe’s reasoning in the response clearly indicates that it isn’t to be limited to that episode in Australia in 5740, but rather should apply in all similar cases. More assuredly is the Rebbe’s beginning his response by declaring that his opinion on the matter is widely known.