We examine the use of materials on festivals that may be available to many people, each going their own way. Do we apply any notions of ownership to such things as a flame or a natural source of flowing water? When we find something that is ownerless, can we assign it to someone else’s ownership?
David Greenstein serves as rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair, NJ. David is the author of Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar (Stanford University Press, 2014). He is looking forward to teaching again this summer (2015) at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and at Neve Schchter in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv.