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Eruvin 8: The Case of the Kahanas

Some thoughts on learning Eruvin. Plus: What happens when a backyard is owned by more than one person… Or when the alleyway runs between sites that are nobody’s property, but also not a public domain. For example, the sea. For example, a garbage heap. Even R. Yehudah HaNasi didn’t have an easy answer — which leads into the question of how the alleyway itself was going to be treated, and whether it will be set off by a partition or just demarcation. Also: A centipede alleyway. And: An alleyway with different lengths of bordering walls, so should the koreh (crossbeam) be placed diagonally across the alleyway, from the shorter one to the longer one…? In doing so, the conspicuous marker that identifies the transformed space as being rendered a private domain. But that’s a matter of dispute. Until the case of a diagonal that is longer than 10 amot… Also, can you use the space under the koreh? Is it whether the koreh is a demarcation? Or an actual partition? The daf traces these positions to their logical implications. Note too that the rabbinic nature of this question (by definition) of partition vs. recognition, or an identification of both together.


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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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