The ancient Jews were very concerned on making sure they pleased God by not violating His laws, including when it came to traveling. They knew not to travel too far from home but how far was too far? Surely one could move around their home. But could one visit their neighbors? Walk to the other part of the village? Walk to the next village? A Jewish website, Ask Moses, gives this as an answer:
The ancient Jews took the rabbi established geographic limits of roaming very serious. Shabbat stones, showing the limit of freedom of movement during the sabbath, were placed outside towns to ensure one did not fall into sin.
|Cross the line and sin! (Photo from the Jerusalem Post)|