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Some Facts:

  • An eruv cannot be made in a reshus harabim.
  • Many eruvin are made in cities nowadays.
  • Cities are much bigger now than they were thousands of years ago.

Yet it seems that in those days, people refrained from carrying in cities. This can be seen from the many enactments made to prevent people from carrying, which implies that many people lived in a reshus harabim d'oraysa.

So how can we make eruvin in cities nowadays?

Additional reasons it seems problematic:

  • People could only carry in Yerushalayim because it had walls with gates that were closed, but a simple "tzuras hapesach" wouldn't do the trick.
  • Nechemiah seems to imply that its completely forbidden.
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Why did you accept an answer which you didn't even upvote? (This is not an encouragement to upvote the answer, which is merely a link to one controversial opinion.) –  Double AA Oct 9 '13 at 16:30
@DoubleAA it was the best answer. fine, removed. –  Ariel K Oct 9 '13 at 16:41
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Towards the end of this link there is a long explanation as to how Eruvs can be made in cities today.

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You're bringing the Chazon Ish? So you want to tell me that the bigger a city get, the less chance it has of being a reshut harabbim? –  Double AA May 13 '13 at 20:59
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