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Are you allowed to touch an alarm clock on Shabbos?

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You are allowed to touch an alarm clock on shabas. One may touch anything on shabas that one may touch during chol. (Rema O.C. 308:3)

As explained there, the prohibitions of Muktzah only apply to moving an object, not touching it.

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You need more than its allowed like a source maybe or the logic? – SimchasTorah Jan 26 '11 at 23:54
@SimchasTorah I have edited my answer to clarify that there is no prohibition of touching things due to shabas . There may be objects touching of which is prohibited (like the mizbe'ach for example) but not because of the day of the week. – WAF Jan 27 '11 at 1:23
Maybe you want to be a little more explicit here and explain that while you may touch anything, moving things is a bit different. – Tzvi Jan 27 '11 at 21:04

R. Menashe Klein writes in Mishneh Halachos 11:304 that one is allowed to turn off the alarm on a mechanical alarm clock on Shabbos, even while the alarm is sounding. He writes that this is not a problem of "extinguishing", rather it is merely preventing the alarm from ringing more.

(In 13:49 he makes clear he is talking only about mechanical alarm clocks and not electronic ones -- but surprisingly enough there are plenty of wind-up alarm clocks still on the market nowadays)

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