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Are you allowed to touch an alarm clock on Shabbos?

  • The title of this post does not match the content. Do you want to know about moving it, or simply touching it? – Ploni Oct 22 '17 at 2:40
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    Why might you not be allowed to touch it? Is there anything that you are not allowed to touch on Shabbat? – mevaqesh Oct 22 '17 at 3:27
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You are allowed to touch an alarm clock on shabas. One may touch anything on shabas that one may touch during chol. (Rema O.C. 308:3)

As explained there, the prohibitions of Muktzah only apply to moving an object, not touching it.

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R. Menashe Klein writes in Mishneh Halachos 11:304 that one is allowed to turn off the alarm on a mechanical alarm clock on Shabbos, even while the alarm is sounding. He writes that this is not a problem of "extinguishing", rather it is merely preventing the alarm from ringing more.

(In 13:49 he makes clear he is talking only about mechanical alarm clocks and not electronic ones -- but surprisingly enough there are plenty of wind-up alarm clocks still on the market nowadays)

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