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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shown here is the Buffalo Eruv, which is actually in Amherst. It was just completed last month, which is interesting all by itself-- were there smaller ones before? Eruvin are a Talmudic work-around for the traditional prohibitions on carrying things outside the home on the Sabbath. Calvin Trillin calls the eruv a "magic schlepping circle," and I have to admit that I think that's funny, but I also like the idea of the eruv-- if you are going to live in a mystical world, there should be some magical things about it, even if your world looks like Sheridan Drive to everyone else.

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. . . and a plot device in The Yiddish Policemen's Union
 

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