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Eruvin 44: A Willingness to Help

Can you use living creatures as a partition? What if those creatures are human beings? Can a person become part of a wall of the sukkah? What if the person doesn’t know about it? Shabbat and sukkah appear to be different in this regard. Plus: If a person set off to leave the techum, and it is allowed! – and along the way, he get word that he’s not needed, where does he go now? Is he allowed to return home? We can’t penalize people (by not allowing them to return home) for sticking their necks out in a way that is desirable (being willing to go to begin with). The mishnah explicitly doesn’t want to restrict the movement too far and inhibit people’s volunteerism. Plus: A cave with 2 entrances and techum extending from each of them.


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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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