Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lifting Weights On Shabbat

Lifting Weights On Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: January 23, 2014
Parshat: Mishpatim
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

Pills that are not allowed to be taken on Shabbat are muktzeh for a healthy person who doesn't need them. However they may be moved for a person who needs to and is allowed to take them on Shabbat. Generally the muktzeh status of an item cannot change on Shabbat. If an item is muktzeh during the onset of Shabbat it becomes muktzeh for the entire Shabbat. However, pills may be taken by one who needs them even if they were muktzeh because he didn't need them when Shabbat started. Vitamins and other such preventative measures that are allowed to be taken on Shabbat are not muktzeh. A Sephardic person who's intention is not to cause himself to perspire may lift weights on Shabbat. Therefore weights are not muktzeh on Shabbat. A car key that is made only to turn on a car is muktzeh. A car key that turns on the car and opens the doors as well is not muktzeh since if there were no lights one would be allowed to open the door on Shabbat.

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