Occupying One Table

By Aryeh Cohen

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, March 2012

The author states that a tisch is a very exclusive idea. Some people are invited to sit around the table and some are not. However, a lesser known halakhah surrounds Jewish table culture -- one that moves the "table" in a direction that is more open and provides more permeable boundaries. Jews are not permitted to carry an item from a private domain to a public domain on Shabbat. In order to facilitate a transfer of any object from a private to a public domain or vice versa, there must be a wall or a fake wall enclosing the public domain (and connecting it to the private domain). This fake wall is called an eruv, literally a mixing or a mixture, since it "mixes" public and private, converting public space to private space.

Topic: Halakha, Ritual, Jewish Law

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.688

Page Number(s): 4--5

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Aryeh. Occupying One Table. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. March 2012: 4--5. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13763


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