Megillat Esther is not read when Purim falls on Shabbat, as we are concerned that one may carry the scroll outside. However, Megillat Ruth is read when Shavuot falls on Shabbat. Why doesn’t the same concern apply to reading Megillat Ruth on Shabbat?

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    One cannot carry anything on shabbat without an eruv, including megillat ruth
    – Joel K
    Sep 19 at 10:20
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    The reason why Ruth can be read on Shabbos is because it is only a custom - not an obligation - and therefore there is no fear that one may carry the scroll of Ruth through a public domain to be brought to a scholar, in order to learn its laws - because it has no laws, it’s just a custom
    – שלום
    Sep 19 at 11:04
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    @שלום and furthermore, even said custom is just that it be read at/for the synagogue. Purim has the obligation for every Tom, Dick, Harry, and Sally too to read it (or hear a reading).
    – Shalom
    Sep 19 at 16:55
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    How do you know that one cannot carry a megillat esther if there is an eruv?
    – Joel K
    Sep 20 at 14:23


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