I am looking for online sources that explain the general laws of Muktzeh in a simple and easy manner.

This doesn’t need to be in-depth, as that wouldn’t be simplified, but just an article, video, or presentation that outlines the categories of permitted and not permitted items.

Note, this is not meant for a child, rather explain the laws to an adult who isn’t so aware of what items are and are not muktzeh. So, the video needs not to be simplified for a child, but just give a general idea of what Muktzeh is.


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The following are very helpful explanations, from more synthetized to more detailed

  • Halacha Yomit
  • R Doniel Neustadt at torah.org
  • R Eliezer Melamed in Peninei Halacha, if you ignore the sources this is the more pedagogical treatment of the topic. You can start with chapters 1 & 2 for a very good ovewview

The problem of the laws of muktzeh is that they are quite detailed and complex, and there is only so much you can do to simplify them.


Chabad.org explains the concept.

Muktzeh (lit., “set aside”) refers to items that may not be moved or handled on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. One of the most famous Shabbat-related rabbinical injunctions, muktzeh was instituted to preserve the state of restfulness of this sacred day.

The laws of muktzeh are codified in the Code of Jewish Law in the Laws of Shabbat.

It gives a summary of the History, Reasons, and Basic Principles.

You can also see in halachipedia


Rabbi Doniel Braude has written a very well received book on Hilchos Shabbos called Learn Hilchos Shabbos in Just 3 Minutes a day. This book is based on his daily 1 Minute Halacha email. One can sign up at https://www.torahcoach.net/#mailing-list and check the archives where he has done an excellent job of simplifying Hilchos Shabbos.


I'm a big fan of Rav Shraga Kallus, a Rosh Kollel and Rebbi in Yeshivas Torah Ohr in Eretz Yisroel. He has a fantastic website with all of his shiurim, including a whole series on Muktzeh here

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