Monday, January 7, 2013

Muktzeh Mahmat Hesron Kees

Day: Monday
Date: January 7, 2013
Parshat: Va'era
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

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Another category of Muktzeh is called Muktzeh Mahmat Hesron Kees, or, "Muktzeh because of a loss of money." In a order for an item to be Muktzeh Mahmat Hesron Kees it must satisfy two requirements.
1. It must be an item that technically is a Kli Shemelachto Le'isur. (Refer to yesterday's halacha for more info.)
2. One needs to be careful to only use it for the purpose that it was made for.
Surprisingly, the value of the item has very little to do its Muktzeh status. A diamond necklace worth many thousands of dollars for example, is not Muktzeh, since it can not also be classified as a Kli Shemelachto Le'isur. However a knife that is used specifically for slaughtering animals is Muktzeh Mahmat Hesron Kees even though it may cost far less. Since one may not slaughter animals on Shabbat and a person would not use a slaughtering knife for any other purpose since it can dull the blade and ruin the knife it becomes Muktzeh Mahamat Hesron Kees. Another example is a stamp. A stamp is used to mail things, which can not be done on Shabbat. In addition, a person wouldn't use a stamp for any other purpose because it might get ruined.

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