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Thinking about the snow in Boston and the discussion at Shabbos 5a, if there was more than 10 tefakim (handbredths) of snow on the ground, would a reshus hayachad (private domain) extend from the soil or the top of the snow? If the streets were plowed, could one drag a sled along the top of the snow 10 tefakim plus higher than the street without violating Shabbos, or throw a snowball that would land on the top of the snow?

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Very intriguing question! – Dave Feb 10 '13 at 4:22
+1 The same question can be applied to Techumin, which many say doesn't apply above 10 tefachim. – Double AA Feb 10 '13 at 4:29
Someone suggested that I would figure out the answer if I study the discussions about rishusim and water. Haven't done that yet, though. – Bruce James Feb 11 '13 at 13:56
@BruceJames, I think you mean Reshut Harabim in your question. A Reshut Hayachid extends to the "sky', always. it's a Reshut haRabim that only extends 10 tefachim up. – Danny Schoemann Feb 12 '13 at 10:41

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