In many shuls people bring their private shtenders to use during davening or learning. Is it permissible to use someone's shtender in their absence without asking permission first?

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    Why should it be different than any other object? Is it being used for a mitzvah that can’t be done otherwise?
    – Chatzkel
    Aug 21 at 3:10
  • halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Borrowing_without_Permission There is a disagreement about whether it is permitted to borrow someone's sefer, but many modern poskim tend towards allowing people to borrow other's seforim without permission.
    – pcoz
    Aug 21 at 4:51
  • I think it's assumed that people have permission to use the shtender while it is in its place.
    – N.T.
    Aug 21 at 10:48
  • I heard in the name of Rav Moshe Feinstein that a sefer left in a Beis Medrash that's not on a designated shelf may be used unless marked otherwise because if someone really cared about his items being used he wouldn't leave them in a public area. Presumably the same would be true about a shtender. Ask you LOR
    – Schmerel
    Aug 21 at 18:19


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