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Eruvim in Manhattan

Elliott Malkin has done an interesting project on Eruvim in Manhattan. He’s documented an eruv on the lower east side, and is using semacodes to mark the border of the eruv, so that visitors and residents with camera phones can access information about the area and its cultural signifigance to the orthodox Jewish community that inhabits it. What interests me is the way that the boundaries of eruvim have traditionally used infrastructural elements as boundary markers, according to Elliott’s presentation, so that using telecommunications infrastructure as a marker seems like a logical follow-on.

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