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Eruvin 17: A Permit to Carry on Shabbat

What happens if the terms by which you established your eruv change over that Shabbat? Also: The mishnah that closes the chapter – 4 exemptions for those involved in military encampments, including, of course, eruv. Plus: burial of a soldier in the place where he fell. Is he considered a “met mitzvah”? Or does that particular mitzvah only kick in when there’s nobody to do the burial? Certainly, in this case, you don’t dig up the seat to bury him there. Do the least amount of damage to the surroundings. And: An exemption from ritual handwashing before food. But ritual handwashing after the meal is… obligatory? What is “melach s’domit” (Sodomite salt) anyway? And what about the exemption from setting up an eruv?!


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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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