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The mishnah (Shabbos 17:2/122b) mentions "a sackmaker's needle" as an example of a muktzah utensil with a permissible use, "to open a door with it" (Rashi: "if he lost his key") - i.e., to pick the lock. Rambam, Shabbos 25:7, quotes this as halachah, although oddly Tur and Shulchan Aruch don't. (I wonder if that's just because of changes in technology, that ...


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