what does it mean alleys which are open aren't all alleyways open
gabriel shagabayev, brooklyn
The Gemara (6a) tells us about "Mevo'ot she'Einan Mefulashim," "alleys which are not open from one end to the other." In the times of the Talmud a few houses opened into one Chatzer, courtyard, and a few courtyards opened into a Mavuy, or alley, so an "alley" refers to a busier street.
Just a few lines earlier, the Gemara mentions "Mevo'ot ha'Mefulashim," alleys which are open from one end to the other. This is similar to a busy street which is open at both ends, while the "Mevo'ot she'Einan Mefulashim" are streets which finish in a dead end.
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