Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Reattaching a door handle on Shabbat

Day: Wednesday
Date: January 1, 2014
Parshat: Bo
Source: Yalkut Yosef; 308

A door handle that falls off may not be re-attached to the door on Shabbat because it is a form of building. Therefore the handle is muktzeh and may not be moved. However, a door handle that is made to be taken out of the door when not in use is not muktzeh. Keys are not muktzeh. They are considered to be a kli shemelachto leheter. They can be moved for any reason, although not for no reason, like any other kli shemelachto leheter. A mezuzah that falls off a doorpost may be moved since one can use it to learn from the pesukim written inside. If one forgot money, checks or some other muktzeh item in a garment he must shake out the garment before wearing it.

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