According the rules of Muktzeh regarding the category of Mechamat Chisaron Kis, objects that have one specific purpose and the owner takes care not to damage it or let it get stolen may not be handled on shabbat.

Does this classify a kiddush cup as something Mechamat Chisaron Kis? What is the exception that makes the kiddush cup permitted to be handled on shabbat?

  • Perhaps the fact that it is special for Shabbat?
    – Scimonster
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:26

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Rabbi Ribiat (The 39 Melochos) defines Muktza Machmas Chesron Kis as

  1. Items or utensils that one would generally not handle at any time because of their fragility or great value.
  2. Items that (because they are fragile or valuable) would not be used for anything other than their specific non-permissible uses, and are not left "lying around" between uses.

(vol. 1, page 47; emphasis his, but I probably would have emphasized that anyway ;-)

I don't think that either rule applies to a kiddush cup.

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    D'oh! Otherwise a sefer torah would also be muktzeh...
    – Ani Yodea
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:33
  • Shokhet, why do you feel that the first rule does not apply to kiddush cups?
    – Ani Yodea
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:34
  • We use silver kiddush cups all the time, don't we? I don't think it's like an original Rembrandt painting that I'd never touch.
    – MTL
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:35
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    @AniYodea, It may be worthwhile to check out this question.
    – MTL
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:46
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    @AniYodea Seforim have no din Muktza attached to them Feb 2, 2015 at 17:52

Shulchan Aruch Harav implies that to be muktzeh machmas chesron kis an object must also be "melachto l'issur" See here

  • +1 if i recall correctly the shmiras shabbos kehilchasa rules like this as well.
    – user6591
    Feb 2, 2015 at 17:50

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