Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 88:7
Laws of Muktzeh on Shabbos

7. An object that is not considered a utensil ("K'li"), for example, pieces of wood, stones, pieces of metal and the like, are also forbidden to be handled at all on Shabbos, even to use the body of the object for a permitted purpose or because one requires it's place; [this prohibition applies] unless one has set them aside on Friday to be permanently used for a particular purpose (1).

Therefore, it is forbidden to take, [on Shabbos], a sliver of wood to use as a tooth pick. Candles that are not whole (2) are not considered utensils and are forbidden to be handled for any reason. Similarly, a ladder used for climbing to the attic is not considered a utensil (3).


(1) Where one intends to use these items in a way that is commonplace, one does not have to set it aside for more than one Shabbos. If one is setting aside an object for permanent use, then a mental resolution before Shabbos would suffice. However, if one is designating it for temporary use, a mental resolution is not sufficient; rather, one must make a small physical change in the object before Shabbos ("Muktzeh: A Practical Guide" by Rav S.B Cohen; see also Mishna Berura 308:97 for details and exceptions).

(2) That is, not fit to be lit.

(3) There is a dispute among the authorities as to when and why this sort of ladder would be considered Muktzeh.

Back  Paragraph 6  Table of Contents  Paragraph 8 -Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.



View Complete List

The World of Learning
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

The Real Story
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

The Last Straw
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Remaining Whole
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Let's End The Blame Game
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

The Four Cubits We Occupy
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

> Neither Your Bite Nor Your Kiss
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Natural Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Just Five More Minutes of Sleep!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

How Yosef Got His Job
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Darkness and Light
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Aroma of Calm
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763


Unconditional Love
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Chanaukah Lights
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Chanukah: Lights, Camera, Action!
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Why Eight Days?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information