Friday, January 4, 2013

Tiltul Min Hatzad

Day: Friday 
Date: January 4, 2013
Parshat: Shemot
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

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It is permissible on Shabbat to move muktzeh indirectly, meaning one can push the muktzeh item by pushing another object which in turn will cause the muktzeh to be moved. For example, shells and peels are muktzeh and may not be cleared off the table by picking them up directly or sweeping them off the table with one's hand. However one may wipe off the table with a napkin since he is not directly moving the shells. Rather he is moving the napkin which in turn. is moving the shells. If the shells or peels disgust the person or if they can be used as food for animals then it is permissible to clear them off even by hand. It should be noted that this is different than moving muktzeh by blowing it etc. That method is called kil'achar yad, which is moving the item directly, but in a way that it is not normally moved. The method discussed above is called tiltul min hatzad, which is indirectly moving the object in a normal way. 

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