Sunday, January 19, 2014

Moving A Muktzeh Item To Protect It from The Elements

Moving A Muktzeh Item To Protect It from The Elements
Day: Sunday
Date: January 19, 2014
Parshat: Mishpatim
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

In general one may not move a kli shemelachto le'isur to protect it from getting ruined (from the sun/rain) or from getting stolen. However there are eight "loopholes" that can be used to move muktzeh in order to protect it. They are:
1. If one already picked up the muktzeh item he can put it down anywhere he wants so that it won't get ruined in the rain or stolen even though he will carry it more than necessary.
2. If he needs to use the item or he needs the place that the item is occupying he may move it.
3. He can push it with his body, the back of his hand, or some other irregular method.
4. Moving it indirectly (with a broom, or a cane).
5. Blowing on it in order to move it.
6. Putting something that is permissible to move on top of it. (This does not work for some other kinds of muktzeh)  
7. Having a non Jew do it. (See below)
8. If one knows he will need the item later on during the day he may move it to protect it even before he needs it.

If it will otherwise be a big loss, or if one has a great need, he may tell a non Jew to move a muktzeh item for him so it doesn't get ruined or stolen. However one who refrains from telling a non Jew to move it for him even in these situations will experience beracha.

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