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Though I wouldn't post such a thought on PA, it seems to me that if hanging some string makes it ok for the Orthodox to perform activities that otherwise couldn't be done outside of the home in a given area - that a different rationale could be invented to permit the same thing and without the need for poles and string.

Eruv is a concept I have struggled with in the past. Essentially one is not allowed to carry between public or private domains, or in the public domain itself. The question is what actually constitutes a public domain. For example, a thoroughfare like Times Square is clearly a public domain, and an eruv could not enclose it to permit carrying. Their is more of a question in things that are not really "public domains" under biblical definitions (specifically it involves having more than a certain number of people pass through on a daily basis). What an eruv does is "extend" and clarify what is considered a private domain for a purpose of carrying. If there is another way to make this clarification, perhaps it could be used.

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