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Tiltul in a hotel on Shabbat


Rabbi Chaim Tabasky

3 Sivan 5766
Is it permissable to carry around a hotel?
I assume the question is whether one may carry around a hotel on Shabbat, assuming there is no eruv in the city (which would make it allowed to carry throughout thge city). The basic (rabbinic) rule is that one person may not carry into the property of another person unless there is an Eruv Chatzeirot. If all the guests in the hotel are temporary residents, then the entirety of the hotel belongs to the owners and no Eruv Chatzeirot is required. However, if there are residents in the hotel who have long term leases, and whose furnishings are their own, then any area of the hotel which is open to those long term residents would be problematic, and carrying would not be allowed there without an Eruv. The laws of this Eruv are complicated and beyond the scope of this answer. An expert on Eruvin should be consulted about a long term solution. (see Shuylchan Oruch, Orach Haim, 370;2)
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