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Can I extend an Eruv?

First of all, @Evan, it is extremely touching that you are willing to go such lengths for a friend, particularly on behalf of a friend's religious observance. This speaks a lot about who you are as a ...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

It comes to exclude the temple, where fire was required for the sacrifices (Shabbos 20a) It also comes to include capital punishment, which is done in court, which is referred to as “your sitting ...
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Was there an Eruv in Jerusalem while the Temple stood?

In your question you assume there was an eruv in Yerushalayim, and therefore find it difficult to understand why they would not carry the Korban Pesach home until night, and why they would bring the 4 ...
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Looking for an article about eruv

Every aspect? It doesn't exist, sorry. There's an entire tractate of the Talmud one of whose two main topics is this kind of eruv. Plus all the commentaries on that tractate, law codes, commentaries ...
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Why do Eruvs use fishing line?

The SA 362:11 states that the string must be attached on top of the pole, not on the side ויהיו מכוונים כנגד קנה העליון ואם חיבר הקנה העליון לשני הקנים או לא' מהן מן הצד לא מהני The MB 362:64 ...
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Controversies about eruvin

Although there are many reasons for this I will list what I think are the main three. An Eruv can only be made in a Karmelis (a non-biblical Reshus HaRabim) and not a Reshus HaRabim Min haTorah. Many ...
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Do eiruvs have to be physical?

Yes, an eruv boundary must be physical, though gaps are allowed to an extent. You said the signs were on telephone poles: likely, the telephone poles and wires themselves (or possibly other, tauter ...
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Does an Eruv require the permission of everyone inside it, what happens when they explicitly decline?

The Shulchan Aruch rules that even explicit refusal from the owner does not create a problem (Orach Chaim 382:11). However, the Gra there claims that this is not universally agreed and depends on the ...
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If somebody does not want to join an eruv

The Dirshu Mishne Berura 367/footnote 10 brings two opinions regarding this question. The Pri Migadim and the Chazon Ish question the validity of being mezakeh against his will, and the Machzeh ...
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Are there any eruvs that include both sides of a US Interstate Highway?

The Far Rockaway/Lawrence, NY Eruv http://www.shaaray-tefilah.org/eruv.pdf contains the route of I-878. However they did build a Mechitza on the Far Rockaway side of the road for those in FR who are ...
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How can you set two eruvin? It's making your residence in two places!

To address your bracketed query regarding making two eruvei chatzerot, Aruch HaShulchan, Orach Chayyim 372:15 writes: בית העומדת בין שתי חצרות, שכל אחת עירבה לעצמה והוא עירב עם שתיהן - יכול לטלטל ...
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Holding a Helium Balloon on Shabbat

As per the comment of @doubleAA, the translation of hotzaa as "carrying" is misleading, and "translating" or "transferring" would perhaps be more precise translations. The melocho essentially ...
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Could the Jews carry on Shabbat in the desert?

The Gemara (Shabbos 96b) says that Moshe warned the Jews not to bring any more donations from their tents for the Mishkan on Shabbos Also, according to the second Tosafos on Gemara Shabbos, the reason ...
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Eiruv in Jerusalem

The Badatz Eruv is quite smaller that the Rabbanut Eruv in the link provided by mbloch, primarly serving chareidi areas. VERY general boundries/areas in the Badatz eruv: (Counter-clockwise) Ramot, ...
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Can Sefardim carry in Monsey, NY?

Rabbi Hassan describes the problem here: Now is there a problem for Sephardim? This is a complicated area of halakha but I will try and write as short and as clear as possible. Rav Yosef ...
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Has there been a discussion of changing the maximum height in halacha?

I’m not familiar with such a discussion, but I see no reason why it would be applicable. As far as I’m aware, the three discussions you cite - Menorah, Sukkah, and Koreh - are the only ones where 20 ...
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Why don't we need to eat the eruv chatzerot?

Eruv tavshilin gives you permissions to cook for shabbos because you need to cook for shabbos and you are showing it by starting to cook and bake even before yom tov started. So those 2 foods are your ...
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Can egg Matzo be used to make an Eruv Chatzeiros on Pesach?

The mishna said in the 3nd chapter of Eruvin mishna 1-2: מְעָרְבִין לְנָזִיר בְּיַיִן וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל בִּתְרוּמָה ... מְעָרְבִין בִּדְמַאי We can make an Eruv for a nazir by wine, for Yisroel by ...
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Is Juneau, Alaska -- surrounded by natural barriers -- a natural eruv

It would depend on the exact dimentions of the barrriers. For Natural Topagraphy be considered a Mechitza, It would have to rise 10 tefachim in a span of 4 Amos. (mishna berura siman 363) (about 12% ...
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Is a Highwire Eruv allowed?

The Mishna Berurah here 362 s.v. 64 quotes a number of tshuvos that discuss telegraph wires. He does not write what they say, but he does say see there, implying you should rule with those opinions. ...
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Using Gud Achis on a Lechi

The Lechi needs to reach to within 3 Tefachim of the ground. (Eruvin 14b, ShA OC 363:10)
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Mechitzos with a ten Ammah gap but with door

Excellent question: The answer is at the end of this post. The first part may help to introduce the topic. The mishna statued in several points that hole is as a doorway, more than 10 amot,the wall ...
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Why ban Lulav on Shabbos in places with eruvin?

The takanah of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai was made as a lo plug, no differentiation whether there was an eruv or not. Also, it is not just a matter of carrying with no eruv.this is discussed in Not ...
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Carrying Pistol License on Shabbat

Update: I got a response from a rabbi affiliated with the OU, he runs an "ask the rabbi" type service. The CPL ID card is not muksah if it is legally required to carry the gun.
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Eruv Chatzeiros for apartment buildings for weeks that the eruv goes down

The short answer is "Yes". However, a premise in the question is erroneous. An ערוב חצרות is only necessary to carry from the common area into the private area. Therefore, without an ערוב ...
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What kind of things can invalidate an eruv?

There is an entire tractate of the Talmud on this matter, called Tractate Eruvin. That's around 500 pages of text. Once you read through that and understand it thoroughly, you have to check the ...
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After city walls were no longer built, what did the ~10M Jews living in pre-Holocaust Europe do regarding an Eruv?

The Aruch Hashulchan (O"C 345:18) claims that the minhag was to have eruvin using a tzuras hapesach (likely with these strings or something similar) and this has been so for hundreds of years. He ...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

Maybe another pshat [ remember ע' פנים לתורה Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15-16 ] is that it means within the techum Shabbos. Of course if someone goes out of the techum whether by mistake or on purpose they ...
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What kind of things can invalidate an eruv?

Too complicated to go through here, but please see Rabbi Bechhofer's book: https://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Eruv-4th-Eruvin-Metropolitan/dp/1680251325 (You're welcome to study the entire Talmudic ...
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Could a modern eruv ever be satisfactory to the Rambam?

According to the Chazon Ish, even the Rambam would let you establish an eruv, see O.C 74:10 where he claims that as long as the reshus harabim isn't straight it's not a reshus harabim because it's &...
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