Thursday, January 3, 2013

Understanding the Prohibition Against Moving Muktzeh

Day: Thursday
Date: January 3, 2013
Parshat: Shemot
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

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The prohibition called Tiltul (also known as muktzeh) is the act of moving muktzeh items. Merely touching muktzeh items is not prohibited as long as one is careful not to move them at all. In addition, it is only prohibited to move something in the fashion that the item normally is moved. However, one may move things with one's body, one's foot, or even by blowing on it since these methods are not normally used to pick up or move objects. An object that is normally moved in one of the aforementioned fashions may not be moved in that way. Examples would be the following; One may sit on a rock on Shabbat to rest as long as he knows that the rock will not shift at all when he sits on and gets up from it. Or, if one finds money on the floor on Shabbat he may kick it to the side and with his foot push it under something there in order so that he can come back after Shabbat and retrieve it. One may lean on a car on Shabbat even if the car will rock slightly on its springs since ultimately the wheels have not budged and the car is in the same place. 

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