May a person solve a rubik's cube on Shabbos?

  • Why not? What m'lacha could it possibly be construed as? Are you referring to a Rubik's Cube that uses words instead of colors? – Yahu May 5 '10 at 20:15
  • The question need not be a complicated one. I think the answer is just "yes; I've never seen anyone say it's a problem." – Shalom May 5 '10 at 20:21
  • Perhaps it could be muktzeh? – AEML Apr 17 '13 at 23:52

It would appear that it is permitted, see Shemiras Shabbas K'Hilchasa 16:24 which discusses a "two dimensional" puzzle where one rearranges the pieces which are attached to a frame and rules that it is permitted. It would seem that rubix cube is even easier to permit since there is no actual picture formed.

For what it is worth I think that it is an excellent question, because while none of them seem to quite fit, solving a rubix cube reminds us of a number of melachos.

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