It’s Not About Me

In the third perek of Eruvin, the mishna and Talmud deal with which foods can be used to effect an eruv. The mishna states that Terumah (food only fit for a cohen) can be used for an eruv. The Talmud asks how can a regular person use Terumah, he cant use it. The answer is clear, a cohen can use it and therefore since it is useful to someone, it is fit.

The Shikkerdovid thinks there is a beautiful message here. The person of Eruv is to combine or blend homes or residences for purposes of carrying. What is more illustrative of blending than using a food that you personally cannot eat, but others in your community can use. In essence, it is not about you.

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