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Questions tagged [muktzeh]

Muktzeh (מוקצה) lit. "set aside". Objects whose movement on Shabbat or Yom Tov is rabbinically prohibited.

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Would it be mutar to be implanted with a microchip and leave it in over shabbos?

A few years ago a swedish company started implanting employees with rice-sized microchips in the backs of their hands. An american company followed suit. the chips can open doors, grant access to work ...
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Pikuach nefesh vs. muktzeh on Shabbat

I am reading the memoirs of a rabbi, who spent roughly 10 years in the United states in the '50s and the '60s. He claims that after the Kennedy assassination the atmosphere was so strained that he was ...
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Moving a bag containing a Muktzeh item during Shabbat

What is the halacha for a bag that contains a Muktzeh item on Shabbat while containing other non Muktzeh items? Can the bag be moved? Example: a Tallit bag that contains a bag with Tfillin inside and ...
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Is pepper spray muktzah?

Is it permitted to carry pepper spray for self-protection on Shabbos or Yom Tov mitzad muktzah? Is there any issue with using aerosols on Shabbos? discusses a machlokes of using sprays on Shabbos, ...
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Under what circumstances is it forbidden to move a 'k'li shemelachto leheter' (a utensil whose purpose is for a permitted use)?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 308:4: כלי שמלאכתו להיתר מותר לטלטלו אפי' אינו אלא לצורך הכלי שלא ישבר או יגנב אבל שלא לצורך כלל אסור לטלטלו: וכתבי הקדש ואוכלים מותר לטלטלם אפי' שלא לצורך כלל:‏ ...
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On Shabbos, may someone turn off a switch of an electric-eye controlled light while the light is off?

If a room or an area has an electric eye which causes a light to turn on when someone passes by, and the light is off, may someone turn off the light-switch on Shabbos so that people can walk by ...
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Is the pipe which drains water out of the air-conditioner unit a Bossis L'davar Assur, because the water in it is Nolad B'shabbos?

Is the plastic pipe which drains the condensation water out of the air-conditioner unit a "Bossis L'davar Assur, because the water inside it is Nolad B'shabbos? If the whole pipe is either vertically ...
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Why is it called “טלטול מן הצד”?

Most things that can't be moved on Shabas (or yom tov) can be moved if the following two criteria hold: One is moving them by means of another object. The purpose of moving them is not for their own ...
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Can one close a piano on shabbos?

A piano is muksze as any other musical instrument. The fallboard is a part of the piano attached with hinges designed to cover the keys. If the fallboard was left open when shabbos came in it is ...
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Can I be meyached (make not muktza) something that doesn't belong to me?

Can I be meyached (make not muktza) something that doesn't belong to me? Is there a difference between something that is hefker (ownerless) and owned by someone else? It seems from the gemara in ...
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Parole GPS monitor on Shabbos

Someone who was just released from jail. He is still serving parole and must wear a GPS monitor around his ankle. 1) Is the GPS monitor able to be worn on Shabbos? And if yes; 2) Is it allowed to be ...
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Is a Digital Clock muktzeh on Shabbos?

This question occurred to me over Shabbos, when my clock fell over. What Muktzeh category does a digital alarm clock fall into? If it has a backup battery, does that change anything? Additionally, if ...
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Can seforim be muktze on tish'a b'av that falls on shabbos?

If tish'a b'av were to fall on shabbos, would the sections of Torah prohibited for study on tish'a b'av cause the seforim in which they are found to be muktze? If in a given sefer there are ...
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Are electrical wires Muktzeh?

Are electrical wires Muktzeh? For example, I keep a few chargers for my mobile devices on my desk. If so, what category of Muktzeh do they go under?
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Can one take out trash cans to the street on Yom Tov?

I know that trash is generally accepted as muktze, though can be moved due to 'graf shel rei'. Is one allowed to take the trash cans out to the street on Shabbos and Yom Tov to the street for pickup?
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What is involved in moving items for the purpose of a non-Jew on Yom-Tov?

A ball comes over the fence from the non-Jewish neighbours on Yom Tov. Are there any halachic problems involved in returning the ball if there is an eruv in the area? In the back of my mind I know I ...
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What if you don't know whether something became muktzeh between twilight and nightfall?

I am vaguely aware that there are certain cases in which an otherwise non-muktzeh object may become muktzeh, i.e., by being on a certain base during twilight on Friday night. But if you don't know ...
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Can something be muktzeh to one person but not another?

The question title says it all. In what sorts of cases, if any, could an item be muktzeh to one adult Jew but not to another? If you designate something for your own use before Shabbos, I think it ...
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Why is a suka forbidden for other uses all the eighth day, but an esrog is permitted after use?

The Talmud Bavli, Suka 46 amud 2, cites a difference of opinion as to how long an esrog and a suka are muktzim l'mitzvosehem, set aside for their respective mitzvos and forbidden for use for other ...
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Would the EmDrive be muktzeh on Shabbos?

Would the EmDrive be muktzeh on Shabbos. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RF_resonant_cavity_thruster
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Are objects used for the Taanugim “muktzeh” for Yom Kippur?

The five prohibitions of inuy on Yom Kippur are eating/drinking, bathing, anointing, sex, and wearing leather shoes. Would an object whose only use is for these prohibited pleasures be considered "...
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Is an item (i.e., scissors) not muktzeh if it's usable for a destructive purpose on Shabbos?

Many are makpid to make a hole in a re-closeable bottle before opening it for the first time on Shabbat. The purpose is to avoid makeh b'patish from making a new vessel when one opens the bottle. ...
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Is my dog muktzeh to me on Shabbos?

I believe that putting a leash on a dog to take it for a walk on Shabbos is permissible, even in a place where there is no eiruv, since the leash is to protect the dog. What about touching my dog, ...
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Is one allowed to wear a head lamp on Shabbat?

On Lail Shabbat (Fri. night) Someone attends a shul that is some distance away from his home. The way home has no street lighting or other form of lighting (e.g. no full moon and few houses). There ...
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Melachas on Yom Kippur

Do the additional Rabbinic prohibitions that apply to Yom Tov but not Shabbos (such as the stricter muktzeh laws) also apply to Yom Kippur, in addition to the Shabbos-style prohibitions of that day? ...
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Carrying items on keychains Shabbos [duplicate]

One may generally not transport muktzeh on Shabbos, even within an eiruv. However, if the carrying is indirect, and not for the purpose of bringing the muktzeh, must one be makpid to ensure before ...
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Wearing Non-touchscreen smartwatch on shabbat [duplicate]

For those halachic opinions which allow to wear a regular watch (that uses a battery) on Shabbat, how about a smartwatch (Not Apples, please don't confuse) which looks identical to a normal watch but ...
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Can one sleep in a room with a tefillin bag/tefillin in the room?

Can a person sleep in a room with their tefillin bag? Does it matter that the tefillin is in the tefillin bag? Also, if the answer is no, what can one do on Friday night, if one finds out that ...
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Handling Historical Money on Shabbat [duplicate]

Let's say a historian had a collection of Bar Kochba coins or even replicas of those coins. Since these coins serve zero purpose as money today, can they be handled on Shabbat?
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Can one move egg shells on Shabbos?

Let's say someone makes egg salad on Shabbos and when peeling the eggs puts the peels in a cup. Is this cup allowed to be moved (even without adding anything that's permitted to be moved in the cup)?
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Fear of thieves and Mukzeh on Shabbes w. Eruv and Yom Tov

If person justified fears thieves and wants to go outside and to keep by himself his valuables (money, passport, etc), that actually are mukzeh. Is there a way to do it on Shabbes in the place where ...
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Are shabbat candlesticks on a tray muktzeh?

If candlesticks are on a tray can they be moved off the table on Shabbat?
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“The סיפא is about a coin.” But so is the רישא‎! (‎שבת דף ס״ה‎)

The mishna Shabas, daf 65 in the Bavli: Medeans [may go out on Shabas] with p'rifa. Anyone [may], but the rabbis spoke about what occurs. That is, Medeans do p'rifa, so the rabbis mentioned that ...
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Is a bike muktzah in “mixed company”?

According to the majority of poskim, riding a bicycle on Shabbat is forbidden. Therefore, "a bicycle is muktza, as ... it is a kli shem'lachto l'issur." (from that answer) However, there is a ...
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Is a mechanical grogger muktzah?

Last Shabbos, my young daughter found a grogger inside the shul and played with it away from adults and at an appropriate time. A four-year old Orthodox boy told us that it was muktzah and that she ...
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How did the Beis Din have the authority to relax the rules of Muktza?

Shulchan Aruch HaRav (O.C. 310:16) lays out the general history of the prohibition of Mukza (Based on Shabbos 123b): בימי נחמיה בן חכליה שהיו העם מזלזלים באיסורי שבת כמ"ש בימים ההם ראיתי ביהודה ...
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Is a library book with an embedded RFID tag a problem on Shabbos?

RFID tags have very many uses in identifying different objects via radio waves. Recently, libraries have started using them to help keep track of books. I would imagine that the tags, in themselves, ...
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Muktza not being directly handled (i.e. in a backpack)?

If say I'm walking in an area with an eiruv (that I hold of etc.), and it becomes Shabbos and I have a muktza object on me, if I put it in a backpack so that I'm not actually touching it, is it still ...
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Why is a kiddush cup not muktzeh?

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 ...
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Is this Kippa clip muktzeh?

I got this really cool kippa clip. I'm wondering, is it muktzeh?
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Designating Muktzeh items before Shabbos/Shabbat for personal use

Can one designate any normally muktzeh item for Shabbat/Shabbos or Yom Tov personal use, like rocks, animals, etc, thus making it not muktzeh? The question essentially is: can one avoid the ...
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Myrtle-Muktza Catch 22

My myrtle (hadas) broke on Yom Tov Sukkos. An intact myrtle that is part of a lulav is assur to smell. The myrtle that broke in the lulav is now muktza because it can't be used. Now that the myrtle ...
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Muktzeh as a means to encourage cessation of labor

In his work on the laws of shabas called Kalkalas Shabas (at the beginning of the 3rd chapter), the author of Tif'eres Yisra'el introduces the topic of muktzeh by saying that the reason the sages ...
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Is an ancient prutah muksah?

Are ancient prutahs (collectable) muksah? I would love to show them to my Shabbat guests. They are around 2000 years old. Are they legal tender?
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Designating an item before shabbos for others- Snow Cones!

If I designate an item before Shabbos for an acceptable purpose, it can become not muktza for me. Can another person, who I did not have in mind when I made my initial declaration the use that item? ...
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Is a dinner party gift muktza?

Is a dinner party gift muktza? I've been invited to a Shabbos dinner and I would like to give the hostess a gift. I will be carrying the gift within an eiruv.
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Unplugging cooking utensil from timer on Yom Tov?

Suppose that someone has an electronic cooking utensil such as a Crock Pot or a rice cooker that they use on Yom Tov. Perhaps they set a timer before Y"T in order that it should start cooking during ...
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Flashlight on Shabbat

Background: Among the things one may not move on Shabbat (Muktzah) is a utensil which is primarily used for a forbidden activity on Shabbat (a classic example is a hammer). This is called a "Keli ...
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A vessel with “bugs” on it — does it become muktzeh

If someone has a vessel that is muter to move around on Shabbos and it had on top of it something that is "muktzeh" during Bein Hashmoshes than the vessel would be considered a "busis" (a vessel that ...
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What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?

When your smoke detectors battery is dying, it chirps every 30 seconds to remind you to change it. I am in middle of my Friday night meal when this began. May I move the smoke detector to a area where ...