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Is anyone aware what any of the poskim say regarding techum Shabbos of Far Rockaway in relation to traveling to West Hempstead?

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Ari, welcome to Mi Yodeya and thanks for bringing your question here. Please note that this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbinic) advice. Treat information from this site like it came from a crowd of your friends. Also note that any answer received here may no longerbe relevant after some time; and anything a posek has written may no longer be relevant now (since AFAIK t'chum depends on population density). – msh210 Jul 22 '13 at 18:58
Thanks for the geo links. May make this more understandable. – Ari Jul 22 '13 at 18:59
Understood. Thanks! – Ari Jul 22 '13 at 19:00
@msh210, this is, however, a refreshingly SE-like question about Jewish Life. It's not theoretical like most of our questions, yet it's not too localized to one particular case or one particular person. – Seth J Jul 22 '13 at 19:04

The Five Towns eruv is contiguous to the Far Rockaway eruv, so I'll assume that the Techum of Far Rockaway extends through the Five Towns. The shortest straight-line distance between the closest points of the borders of the Five Towns and West Hempstead eruvim is, according to Google, almost exactly 3km or 9700 feet. Techum Shabbos is 2000 amot, which is approximately 1km, thus placing West Hempstead significantly past the techum.

However, according to the Orthodox Union,

The techum starts at the last structure in the city and the size of the city makes no difference. (A city is either enclosed or the buildings are within 70 cubits of one another.) If you live in New York City, you can walk freely from Battery Park to Harlem.

According to this, you would be able to freely walk from Far Rockaway well into Suffolk County before leaving the techum.

Disclaimer: I'm not an expert of eruvin or techum shabbos, and I may be going about this all wrong. CYLOR.

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Thank you so much, Shmuel! – Ari Jul 23 '13 at 22:38

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