What are the overall rules of Muktzeh and its categories?

When is one allowed to move a Muktza object and for what purpose?

  • There is a Sefer called the Halachos of Muktza by Rabbi Yisroel P Bodner that clarifies these issues very well. Jan 23, 2011 at 17:01
  • As there is artscrool from Rabbi Cohen.Here is a challenge to put in a few words or parraphs the general terms something way more bite size that is shavah lkol Nefesh Jan 23, 2011 at 23:45
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    Sounds a lot like a question someone could write a whole book about....
    – Double AA
    May 6, 2012 at 18:20

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An oversimplification, since that's what's being sought: Muktze is something (a) unusable, (b) valuable-cum-fragile, or (c) useless for non-m'lacha uses, or (d) a support for one of the above. Something useless or valuable-cum-fragile can't be moved or used. Something useless for non-m'lacha uses can be moved only if it's needed for a permitted use or occupying needed space. A support for muktze has the status of type of muktze on it. See one of the books mentioned in the comments on the question, or CYLOR, for details; certainly don't rely practically on anything in this answer.

Update: A better answer, which serves also as an answer to this question, was posted later to another question.

  • (I've reverted another's edits to my answer, yielding my original version, which started with a disclaimer that I think is important to include.)
    – msh210
    Jan 24, 2011 at 7:17
  • Just in response Rashi and many other commentaries where famous for being able to take very broad topics and put it in a few words that is a reflection of an amazing grasp of a topic not an oversimplification.As any teacher or Rav must do also mike very all encompassing topics bite size and that is what I am looking for somone with a full grasp of the topic to summarize in a few words or pargraphs Jan 24, 2011 at 13:40
  • Simchas Torah, even the Mechaber wrote over 80 simanim on muktze. msh wrote a practical summary which covers most contemporary issues in a general sense, but there is much more (eg- things that were not muktze but are now, things that could go either way depending on you intent/action before shabbos, what if you already picked up the muktze, potential damage to people, abnormal movement leniencies, etc.
    – YDK
    Jan 24, 2011 at 16:28
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    @R'SimchasTorah, I agree with your comment. But I'm not Rashi, and I'm not someone with a full grasp of the topic. So my caveat that that's an oversimplification is I think in order.
    – msh210
    Jan 24, 2011 at 16:43
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    Is this question in a category of "asking a question which requires a book to answer"? May 6, 2012 at 18:20

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