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Eruvin 73: From the Rabbi’s House

How do eruvin reflect the relationships of the people joining together in the eruv? For example, students who eat out and about (literally, in the fields), and then would sleep at the rebbe’s house. Does the eating place or the sleeping place determine the starting point to measure an eruv techumin? The Gemara testifies to the phenomenon of the different cases – placing the eruv where one sleeps, and likewise where one eats – suggesting that the students could have eaten in that same house, but for whatever reason didn’t (suggesting that the eruv follows where you eat, even though it’s a case of following where one sleeps). Which brings us to the relationship dynamic among these principle parties – does the group of people get treated as a collective, or as a bunch of individuals. To what extent is a rebbe-son relationship the same as father-son relationship? Also: The case of 5 cases – a man with 5 wives, 5 servants, and 5 courtyards that connect, and also each connect to an alleyway. Can they participate in the eruv for the courtyards and not in the one for the alleyway? Or vice versa? And what if one forgot to join the eruv? Did people need both? Was there ever a case where one needed the courtyard and didn’t need the alleyway? Plus, how cycling through the topics rounds out the topics, in process, as it were.


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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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