Friday, January 24, 2014

Kli Shemelachto Leheter

Kli Shemelachto Leheter
Day: Friday
Date: January 24, 2014
Parshat: Mishpatim
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

An object who's primary function is permitted on Shabbat is called a kli shemelachto leheter. These items may be moved for any reason, including to protect them from the elements, or from getting stolen. However as with any vessel they may not be moved without constructive reason. For example one may set the table but he may not twirl a fork around just because he is bored. If a person asks someone to bring him a kli shemelachto leheter, and he brings him the wrong item, it should not be returned to its place unless it will get ruined otherwise. Likewise one should also not move chairs or tables around for no reason. Torah books and food are unique in that they may be moved without any reason. Even if a Torah book has been set aside to put into the genizah, or is set aside to be sold it can still be moved. Food that is ready to eat also may be moved without reason. However food that is not ready to eat yet is considered to be muktzeh.

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