Questions tagged [muktzeh]

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

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Keychain with muktzeh items (e.g. usb)

This has been asked in the past with regard to a muktzeh key, and i was uncertain if it would be the same with something like a usb. If i have a keychain with a usb on it that i wear week round, come ...
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Wiping toilet seat on Shabbos

If one urinates a few drops on the toilet seat on Shabbos, is he permitted to wipe off the urine with a detached toilet paper, or would this be forbidden because urine is muktzeh?
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Are the Rebbe’s dollars muktzeh?

It can be considered muktzeh machmas gufo because it is money. It may be chisron kis because it’s precious. But your photo album isn’t muktzeh?
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Segulah to remove bone stuck in one's throat

The Gemorah in Shabbos Daf 67a gives a segulah for someone who has a bone stuck in their throat to get it out. The Gemorah says to bring another bone of the same type, put it on the person's head and ...
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The History of Muktzeh

Where can I find information on muktzeh from an historical perspective? I would like to get a sense as to what different tannaim and amoraim considered to be muktzeh (both for Shabbes and for yontef), ...
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Can I carry a shofar to shul on Yom Kippur?

In a place that has an eruv, can one carry a shofar to shul on Yom Kippur (e.g. during the break between Musaf and Mincha) so that it can be used at the end of neilah? or is there an issue of muktzeh,...
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Can one carry a pocket knife on shabbos?

If one is used to carrying a pocket knife during the week, is it ok to carry one on shabbat? For some more background, assume it is a spring-assisted or "button knife" but not generally ...
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Learning about Muktzeh

I am looking for online sources that explain the general laws of Muktzeh in a simple and easy manner. This doesn’t need to be in-depth, as that wouldn’t be simplified, but just an article, video, or ...
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Bosis when the Davar Hater was left there accidentally

If one intentionally left a rock on a table and accidentally left a bag of chips on the table as well, would the table be Mutar to move? If he forgot the rock on the table obviously it would be Mutar ...
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Why aren't Shabbat Lamps Muktzeh?

I have been trying to research why kosher lamps/shabbat lamps aren't considered muktzeh. I've read the rabbinic approval that comes with the lamp as well as any teshuvot I can find on the topic, but I ...
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Is there a rule that says that if something is muktzeh e.g. a TV remote, but is on your chair when you need to sit down, then you can move it?

Is there a rule that says that if something is muktzeh e.g. a television remote control, but is on your chair when you need to sit down, then you are allowed to move it? It's unintuitive, because ...
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Handling food valued as currency on Shabbos

What is the status of a food item on Shabbos which a country declares as legal tender? For example, if a developing country designates chocolate as legal tender, may one consume, handle, or "...
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Is a baby born on Shabbos Muktza as Nolad?

Is a baby born on Shabbos Muktza as Nolad until the end of Shabbos? I mean, he is quite literally Nolad - born on Shabbos. I understand that anything that the baby needs would would obviously be Mutar ...
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Rav Galinsky grabbing his tefillin on Shabbos

In the English translation of the "Higadeta" haggadah by Rav Yaakov Galinsky, on page 309, he describes when the Russians invaded Lithuania and broke into the yeshiva he was learning at, ...
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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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Pillow that has a zipper muktzeh on Shabbos? [closed]

If a pillow contains a zipper, would that pillow be muktzeh on Shabbos, and if not, would the zipper itself be muktzeh on Shabbos, even when it is attached to the pillow?
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Operating a mechanical calculator on Shabbos

Are mechanical calculators Mukzte on Shabbos? Would it be considered a form of measuring? Mechanical calculators have no electric parts. Everything is purely mechanical: If it is considered measuring,...
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Raw fish on Shabbos

Is raw fish considered muktza?
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Lock pick on shabbos

Is it permissible to use a lock pick on shabbos? Obviously an electronic one would be prohibited. what are the possible prohibitions?
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An example of doing something for no reason [duplicate]

I see that on Shabbos it is forbidden to move a utensil (with the exception of books and food (brought in the next sif)) for no reason. But what does that mean (no reason)? Examples (sources) If a ...
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Noy sukkah in a pasul sukkah

The decorations of a sukkah are muktzeh and can't be moved on Yom Tov and this seems to include food items on which no other stipulation was made (which I get from Mas. Sukkah, 10a-b and here). But ...
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to grate cheese with a saw not Toveled?

The mishna in Masechet Shabbat says: A man may take a hammer to split nuts, a chopper to cut [a round of] pressed figs, a saw for sawing cheese, a spade to scoop dried figs, a winnowing shovel and ...
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Playing with a pet on Shabbos

Is there any opinion that holds one may play or touch a pet on Shabbos (even though animals are normally muktzeh on Shabbos.) Specifically one that is meant for this purpose (to play with.) I heard ...
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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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Carrying Pistol License on Shabbat

Situation: you are licensed to carry a concealed pistol. You live inside an eruv. You choose to carry your pistol on shabbat. What is the status of the Concealed Pistol License (CPL) ID card? Can ...
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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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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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Were Rabbinic Laws like Muktzeh given at Sinai

Did Rabbinic Laws such as Muktzeh exist in the time period between the receiving of the Torah and the time they were written down and institutionalised in Halacha? Are there different opinions on ...
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Removing dead fish from fish tank on shabbas

If one has a fish tank with many fish, and one of the fish happens to die on shabbas, can one remove the dead fish if the chances are significantly high that other fish in the tank will die because of ...
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Can one use a Swiss army knife on Shabbat?

There are two reasons why I would be concerned regarding using a Swiss Army knife on Shabbat: Possible violation of a melacha of creating / completing a tool. When you fold out the knife, you are "...
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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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Someone else's muktzeh on the table

I come to Shul and on the Table is an Mp3 player. Can I sit at the table or is it a problem because the Table is now A Bosis Ldovir Hamutzah?
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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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Is a Pasul Torah scroll considered a Muktzeh on Shabbat?

I know that there are different categories of Muktzeh. One category that is difficult for me to understand is the concept that if something has no use at all on Shabbat (or use for any purpose) it is ...
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Muktzeh underpants

If one unfortunately soils his underpants on Shabbat, when he goes to the bathroom to remove the soiled underpants, can he then pick up the underpants in order to put them in the dirty laundry, or ...
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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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(How) have cheap electronics changed the definitions of "muktzeh machmas chisaron kis"?

Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa says a radio is muktzeh machamas chisaron kis. -- I'm allowed to pick up and move a hammer if it's in my way on Shabbos, but not something expensive and delicate like a ...
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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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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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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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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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Newspaper Delivery on Shabbos

Is getting a paper delivered on Shabbos allowed? If not, what may be done with it upon delivery?
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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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Wearing Watches on Shabbat

What is a watch one can wear on shabbat? There are the analogue quartz watches with just one crown to adjust the time that (as far as I'm aware) most people would wear on shabbat (especially an ...
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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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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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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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Muktzeh food shells on the table

If I have peanut shells on the table on Shabbos, and they are Muktzeh, what can I do to dispose of them when there is no tablecloth?