אמר תהא שביתתי בצינתא אמר ליה אביי מאי דעתיך רבי מאיר ורבי יהודה הלכה כרבי יהודה ואמר רב חסדא מחלוקת במקום פלוני
He would declare on Shabbat eve: My residence is in Tzinta, a settlement located between the Shabbat limits of the two places. Abaye said to him: What is your opinion that led you to act in that manner? Is it because in a dispute between Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Yehuda, the halakha is in accordance with the opinion of Rabbi Yehuda, and Rav Ḥisda said: The dispute between these two Sages is in a case where the person said: My residence is in such-and-such place, and you rely on Rabbi Yehuda and establish residence at a place between the two cities even though you are still at home?
והא רב נחמן ותניא כוותיה אמר ליה הדרי בי
But didn’t Rav Naḥman explain the dispute between Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Yehuda differently, and furthermore, a baraita was taught in accordance with his opinion. Rabba bar Rav Ḥanan said to him: I retract my opinion and will no longer do so.
אמר רמי בר חמא הרי אמרו שבת יש לו ארבע אמות הנותן את עירובו יש לו ארבע אמות או לא
Rami bar Ḥama said: The Sages have said that one who establishes residence by foot has four cubits at that location, and another two thousand cubits beyond. However, with regard to one who deposits his eiruv in a certain place, there is a dilemma whether he has four cubits from the site of his eiruv, or not.
אמר רבא תא שמע לא אמרו מערבין בפת אלא להקל על העשיר שלא יצא ויערב ברגליו ואי אמרת אין לו האי להקל להחמיר הוא
Rava said: Come and hear a resolution from the mishna: The Sages said that one establishes an eiruv with bread only to be lenient with the wealthy person, so that he need not exert himself and go out and establish an eiruv with his feet. And if you say that one who establishes an eiruv with bread does not have four cubits, is this really a leniency? It is a stringency. Based on the mishna, apparently, all leniencies that apply to one who establishes an eiruv by foot must also apply to one who establishes an eiruv with bread.
אפילו הכי ניחא ליה כי היכי דלא נטרח וניפוק:
The Gemara rejects this argument: No proof can be cited from there, as even if he without the four cubits, this is preferable to him, so that he need not exert himself and go out and establish an eiruv by foot. Therefore, it can be said that establishing an eiruv with bread constitutes a leniency even if it entails the loss of four cubits.
מתני׳ מי שיצא לילך בעיר שמערבין בה והחזירו חבירו הוא מותר לילך וכל בני העיר אסורין דברי רבי יהודה
MISHNA: If a person set out to go on a Shabbat eve to a town for which an eiruv is established in order to go there on Shabbat, and another person caused him to return home, he himself is permitted to go to that city on Shabbat, and for all the other residents of the town it is prohibited to go there. This is the statement of Rabbi Yehuda.
רבי מאיר אומר כל שהוא יכול לערב ולא עירב הרי זה חמר גמל:
Rabbi Meir says: Anyone who can establish an eiruv, and negated his residence in his original place, and did not establish an eiruv, i.e., he did not at least state that he seeks to establish residence somewhere else, is likened to both a donkey driver, who walks behind the animal and prods it, and a camel driver, who walks before the animal and leads it, in the sense that he is pulled in two opposite directions. Due to the uncertainty with regard to the location of his Shabbat limit, his movement is restricted as though his residence was established in both his city and at a location along the way to the other city. He may not venture beyond two thousand cubits from either location.
גמ׳ מאי שנא איהו ומאי שנא אינהו אמר רב הונא הכא במאי עסקינן כגון שיש לו שני בתים וביניהן שני תחומי שבת
GEMARA: With regard to the mishna’s statement that according to Rabbi Yehuda, he himself is permitted to go to the other city, while for all the rest of the residents of his city it is prohibited to do so, the Gemara asks: What is different about him and what is different about them? Why is he permitted to proceed to the other city, while they are not? Rav Huna said: We are dealing here with a case where that person has two houses, one in each town, with the distance of two Shabbat limits, four thousand cubits, between them.
איהו כיון דנפק ליה לאורחא הוה ליה עני והני עשירי נינהו
With regard to him, since he set out on his way, his legal status is that of a pauper, as he did not intended to return to his first house but to continue to his other house, and he can therefore establish residence at the end of his Shabbat limit simply by declaring that he wishes to acquire residence in such-and-such place. And the legal status of these other inhabitants of his city, is that of wealthy people, as they are in their houses and have food. Consequently they can only establish residence at the end of their Shabbat limit by depositing food there prior the onset of Shabbat.
תניא נמי הכי מי שיש לו שני בתים וביניהן שני תחומי שבת כיון שהחזיק בדרך קנה עירוב דברי רבי יהודה
That was also taught in a baraita: With regard to one who has two houses, with the distance of two Shabbat limits between them, once he set out on the way, clearly demonstrating his intention to leave, although he did not explicitly say: My residence is at the end of my Shabbat limit, he acquired an eiruv there. This is the statement of Rabbi Yehuda.
יתר על כן אמר רבי יוסי ברבי יהודה אפילו מצאו חבירו ואמר לו לין פה עת חמה הוא עת צינה הוא למחר משכים והולך
Furthermore, Rabbi Yosei, son of Rabbi Yehuda said: Even if another found him before he left, and said to him: Spend the night here, it is a hot period, or it is a cold period and inadvisable to set out now, on the following day he may rise early and go to the other town, as his intention to walk is sufficient.
אמר רבה לומר כולי עלמא לא פליגי דצריך כי פליגי להחזיק
Rabba said: With regard to saying that he is establishing residence at the end of his Shabbat limit, everyone agrees that this is necessary, as otherwise it could be understood that he is returning to his house because he changed his mind about establishing residence elsewhere. When they disagree is with regard to whether or not it is necessary for him actually to set out on his way. Rabbi Yehuda maintains that he must have set out on his way, whereas Rabbi Yosei, son of Rabbi Yehuda, maintains that he need not even set out on his way, as his intention to leave is sufficient.
ורב יוסף אמר להחזיק דכולי עלמא לא פליגי דצריך כי פליגי לומר
And Rav Yosef said: With regard to actually setting out on his way, everyone agrees that this is necessary. Where they disagree is with regard to whether or not it is necessary for him to say that he is establishing his residence at the end of his Shabbat limit.
כמאן אזלא הא דאמר עולא מי שהחזיק בדרך והחזירו חבירו הרי הוא מוחזר ומוחזק
The Gemara asks: In accordance with whose opinion is this halakha that Ulla stated? If a person set out on his way, and another persuaded him to return home, he is considered returned and as considered set out on his way.
אי מוחזר למה מוחזק ואי מוחזק למה מוחזר
The Gemara analyzes Ulla’s statement itself: If he is considered returned, with the same legal status as the rest of the residents of his city and has not established residence elsewhere, why is he described as set out on his way? And if he is considered set out on his way, indicating that he established residence at the end of his Shabbat limit, why is he described as returned?
הכי קאמר אף על פי שמוחזר מוחזק כמאן כרב יוסף ואליבא דרבי יוסי ברבי יהודה
The Gemara answers: Emend Ulla’s statement and explain that this is what he is saying: Although he was returned to his original place, he is nonetheless regarded as having set out on his way. In accordance with whose opinion did he state this ruling? According to the opinion of Rav Yosef, that everyone agrees he must set out on his way, and in accordance with the opinion of Rabbi Yosei, son of Rabbi Yehuda, that he need not declare he is establishing his residence at the end of his Shabbat limit.
רב יהודה בר אישתתא אייתי ליה כלכלה דפירי לרב נתן בר אושעיא כי הוה אזיל שבקיה עד דנחית דרגא אמר ליה בית הכא למחר קדים ואזיל
The Gemara relates that Rav Yehuda bar Ishtata once brought a basket of fruit to Rav Natan bar Oshaya in a nearby town, four thousand cubits away, on Shabbat eve. When he was going, Rav Natan left him until he descended one step, and then said to him: Lodge here tonight. He allowed him start his journey so that he would be considered as having set out on his way. On the following day Rav Yehuda bar Ishtata rose early and went home.