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Sister cities (Daf Yomi Eruvin 57)

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“And one may measure the limit only at the level of one’s heart.”

The continued discussion in the Daf Yomi of measuring city boundaries examines on a deeper level what is the sum total of a city. Today’s text attempts to quantify it through considering open space at its edges. We are told that the total measure of a city can be eight million square cubits. The Rabbis appear to consider the dynamics of urban planning when they determine that open space is one quarter of the total extended boundary to be considered when one is measuring a city’s boundaries for purposes of Shabbat limits.

Today’s reading considers the joining of cities through the concept of a karpef, which we have been introduced to through previous readings as a physical structure that joins two areas. The karpef under discussion today is not a physical structure, but rather a measured spatial dimension. If the........

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