Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Status of Vessels that Broke on Shabbat

Day: Wednesday
Date: January 16, 2013
Parshat: Bo
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

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A kli that breaks on or before Shabbat becomes Muktzeh Mahmat Gufo since none of the pieces have any use. If any piece does have a use then it is not Muktzeh. For example, if the sole of a shoe, or the strap of a sandal falls off and renders it useless, it becomes Muktzeh. Nowadays, since we have proper plates and dishes one would not use even a large shard as a plate or for any other use. Therefore it is proper to consider the pieces to be Muktzeh even if they are big enough to have a use. The pieces of a broken kli can be swept up with a broom since it is Tiltul Min Hatzad, but they may not be handled directly. If glass that broke the pieces may even be picked up by hand since it is dangerous and someone could get hurt. 

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