Friday, August 12, 2016

Can They Join Or Not?

The mishna [makos 6a] says that if two witnesses view an act from one window and two from another window they combine to form one set of witnesses.

The Beis Yosef [195] says that if people ate a meal and there is a reshus ha-rabbim in between them they may not join together to form a zimmun. Why is that different from the witnesses where there is a reshus harabbim in between them and they do join to form one set of witnesses?