Thursday, December 08, 2005

Part 2: Shishim Ribo According to Hagaon Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l

In Hagaon Harav Moshe Feinstein zt”l’s final two teshuvos about eruvin we see that he codified his chiddush; in order for a city to be classified as a reshus harabbim of shishim ribo, the requirement is at least five times shishim ribo which could amount to 3,000,000 or more people. Consequently, in the Chicago eruv pamphlet (West Rogers Park Eruv, 1993 p. 23) it is stated that Rav Dovid Feinstein shlita was in agreement that according to his father’s shitah there must be a minimum of 3,000,000 people in order for the city to be defined as a reshus harabbim. Since the population of Brooklyn is less than 3,000,000, an eruv of tzuras hapesachim would be allowed even according to Rav Moshe zt”l (see also Part 1: Shishim Ribo According to Hagaon Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l).
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