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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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What is the status of a Kli Shemelachto LeIssur that's only used for Pikuach Nefesh?

What is the status of a kli (object) whose primary use would be forbidden on Shabbos, but it is only used in a case of Pikuach Nefesh (danger to life, where all Shabbos restrictions become allowed) -- ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Telescope on Shabbos

Can you use and move around a telescope on Shabbos?
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Will rabbis allow brainy Shabbat driving?

Saw this news story a few days ago about a car being driven with just thought, using a special cap with sensors. http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=215704 To me this still seems entirely ...
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Kid with Expensive Muktzeh Item in his Hand on Shabbos

If I have a little child with an Ipod (which is muktzeh) in its hand can I grab the hand and shake it out of its hand into a safe place to prevent the child from breaking it?
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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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Using a cell phone as a watch on Shabbos

I seem to recall learning that it is permissible to use a cell phone as a watch on Shabbos as long as the time is always displayed on the front and no buttons would need to be pressed in order to ...
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Unplugging a Phone Charger on Shabbat?

If a phone charger (or any electric adapter that is not connected to a device, for that matter) is plugged into an outlet, does unplugging it constitute any forbidden form of work, or is simply a '...
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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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Is this Kippa clip muktzeh?

I got this really cool kippa clip. I'm wondering, is it muktzeh?
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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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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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Muktzeh MeḤamath Ḥisaron Kis - Parameters?

Muktzeh MeḤamath Ḥisaron Kis is a category of Muktzeh that one is prohibited from moving on Shabbath because the item is so valuable that one is afraid to lose or damage it. What are the parameters ...
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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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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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Moving Fans on Shabbos

Is one allowed to move a working electrical fan on Shabbos, or is this a problem of Muktzah? I would hope an answer cover: If there's a difference between moving a fan so that it blows towards the ...
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Moving muktza garbage cans?

Help! It's Shabbos and the wind is blowing my garbage cans halfway down the block! I know they're muktza, so I can't move them. What can I do?
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Frozen meat in freezers on Shabbos

Assuming frozen meat is muktzah on Shabbos, let's say that frozen meat fell out of the freezer and if it's not put back on Shabbos it will spoil, causing monetary loss. Or, let's talk about a case ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Do reward tokens qualify halachically as money?

I give my children special slips of paper as a reward for good behavior (a "token economy"). They can collect these slips of paper and use them to "buy" rewards such as toys, treats, or fun activities....
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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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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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Is sushi Muktzeh?

According to Bab. Shab. 128a, unsalted fish is Muktzeh (because it's inedible, presumably). So is sushi Muktzeh? Does it make a difference whether the sushi is totally prepared (rolled or plated or ...
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Muktzeh Because its assur for me

The question is for food on Yom Kippur, or Gebrokts or Kitnyos on Pesach (for those that do not eat them), are they Muktzeh?
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Alarm clock handling on Shabbos

Are you allowed to touch an alarm clock on Shabbos?
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Is glow in the dark Jewelry muktzeh?

Is a glow in the dark necklace or bracelet muktzeh? Would any action I needed to take matter if I was already wearing it before Shabbat started?
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Is Snow Muktza?

Does anyone know good sources that talk about this issue? Perhaps we can divide this into 3 categories: Is snow generally muktza since it has no practical use (as opposed to rainwater which has uses)...
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On Shabbos: Shaking basket with fruits and rock, why not borer (selecting)?

It says in SA OC Siman 309 Sif 3 that on Shabbos if one wants to carry a basket that has in it fruits for the purpose of the fruits themselves if there is a rock inside of the basket as well one must ...
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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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Turning off a stove on Shabbat

Can one turn off a stove on Shabbat? I recently heard that Rav Tendler does in fact hold this and it was followed in the home of Rav Feinstein. The reasoning had something to do with gas being made ...
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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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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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Raw fish on Shabbos

Is raw fish considered muktza?
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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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Are bells on toys muktzeh?

Are bells muktzeh? Does the presence of bells on a toy make it muktzeh? Here are two types of bells in question:
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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?
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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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Things not related to shabbat being muktzeh

This category of muktzeh objects seems very nebulous to me. Does it really include everything that is not directly related to shabbat?
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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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Keychain with Muktzeh

If I have a Key chain with Muktzeh on it can I use the keys on the Key chain?
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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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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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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 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?