This past Shabbos, I was walking with some friends for an aufruf in another part of town. Where we started from had an eiruv, and where we were going had an eiruv, but there was an area in between that did not have an eiruv. This area actually has a shot at being a reshus harabim, as it's a highway that has many cars driving through it on a regular basis (though I'd have to check if it actually is a reshus harabim).

While we were walking through the stretch that didn't have an eiruv, my friend's yarmulke blew off. I didn't tell him anything, but he picked it up and put it back on.

So now I'm wondering what actually should have been done. Since it might make a difference:

  • What should have been done, assuming the highway was a Biblical reshus harabim (רשות הרבים דאורייתא)?
  • What should have been done, assuming that the highway was not a רשות הרבים דאורייתא?

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Even in a real public domain one can carry things within 4 Amot. (ShA OC 349)

So he was allowed to pick it up and put it on. Then he's wearing it and can continue walking.

(Though he might not have been allowed to wear it without enough clips to begin with...)

  • Even derabanan?
    – andrewmh20
    Dec 16, 2014 at 21:21
  • @andrewmh20 I'm not sure what you are asking.
    – Double AA
    Dec 16, 2014 at 21:21
  • It just sounded surprising to me that even derabanan one is allowed to carry less than 4 amot.
    – andrewmh20
    Dec 16, 2014 at 21:24
  • @andrewmh20 On the contrary! What else is someone stuck there supposed to do? You sit tight, eat your food and play solitaire.
    – Double AA
    Dec 16, 2014 at 21:26
  • If he might not have been allowed to have worn it to start with -- specifically, if he wasn't allowed to -- then how can you say he's allowed to now? +1, though.
    – msh210
    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:27

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