The Thinking Jew Podcast: Ep. 39 Eruv – The Essence of Shabbos

The Thinking Jew Podcast: Ep. 39 Eruv - The Essence of Shabbos
The Thinking Jew Podcast: Ep. 39 Eruv – The Essence of Shabbos

Intro: The Thinking Jew Podcast: Ep. 39 Eruv – The Essence of Shabbos

In the last episode, we discussed the practical elements of constructing a community eruv.  In this episode, we take a deeper look.  What does an eruv represent in Kabbalah?  Why does the tractate of Shabbos begin with the laws of carrying outside on Shabbos?  Why does the Torah exemplify Sabbath observance with the laws of eruv?

Join me as we uncover the hidden kabbalistic mystery of the eruv and learn why the essence of Shabbos is truly encapsulated in the mitzvah of eruv.

Happy Listening!

Rabbi Moshe 

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Sources

Genesis 33:18, Jacob encamping outside of Shechem – https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.33.18?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Bereishis Rabba 79:6, interprets above verse regarding establishing eruv – https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.79.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Genesis 26:5 G-d explains why He blesses Abraham – https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.26.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he

Bereishis Rabba 64:4, interprets above verse regarding eruv – https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.64.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Tractate Shabbos 2a with Tosfos, opens with discussion of domains and Tosfos questions why – https://www.sefaria.org/Shabbat.2a.1?lang=bi&with=Tosafot&lang2=en

Maharal, Chidushei Gur Aryeh on Shabbos 2a, Paragraph beginning with Masnisin, answers Tosfos that eruv is unique to Shabbos – currently unavailable online

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Rav Hutner, Pachad Yitzchak, Chanuka, V, explains the Maharal that something’s unique element defines its essence – unavailable online

Bereishis Rabba 11:5, discussion about Shabbos between Tornus Rufus and Rabbi Akiva – https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.11.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Rav Tzadok of Lublin, Pri Tzadik, Vayishlach, 8, private domain connects to G-d, public domain is the opposite – https://www.sefaria.org/Pri_Tzadik%2C_Vayishlach.8.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Da’as Shabbos, pg 87, source of much of the ideas behind this episode – https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/reader/reader.aspx?sfid=50263#p=85&fitMode=fitwidth&hlts=&ocr=

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