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A ladder to somewhere (Daf Yomi Eruvin 78)

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“Most of the area is the empty space of the pit.”

I have been thinking a lot about public space since the start of Tractate Eruvin and how in the aftermath of the pandemic cities need to rethink how it is used. Restaurants, gyms, yoga teachers, personal trainers are taking over unused space in New York City wherever they can find it. Gyms are holding classes on abandoned construction sites, and yoga teachers have set up shop in small neighborhood parks. Restaurants have spread out across bus lines in the street and performance artists and dancers are holding mini concerts on sidewalks in Greenwich Village.

New York City, like many cities around the world, has been severely damaged by the pandemic, but still, the spirit of tough urban dwellers is apparent in how public space is being reimagined. We are told today that an entrance is still a valid entrance even if there is a crouching lion before it, which can be compared with the virus that is preventing people from visiting the city. But still, the residents find a way to go on with their lives.

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