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Eruvin 34: Accessing the Physical Eruv (Or Not)

Do you really need to bring the eruv techumin to the place where you want to set up the eruv? (In the case where Shabbat follows yom tov) Perhaps the concept of the eruv is sufficient, without having a physical eruv set up. But the case of when yom tov falls *after* Shabbat is exactly one that poses a difficulty for that theoretical eruv approach – the theoretical has to be possible! Also, if you put an eruv deep in the ground, that makes sense if it’s a private domain, which goes up to the sky, and deep into the earth. But what if the pit is in the public domain – where, then, is the temporary residence supposed to be? Above the pit – in which case the eruv is in the private domain of the pit? Or in the private domain deep in the pit – that’s certainly the same domain. So the question hinges on a pit that’s located in a karmelit, and where you want the residence to be above the pit. Plus: A case where the eruv is in a cupboard, and the key is lost… Is that eruv still valid? Is there another way to access the 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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