The Shabbos Weekly
Halachos Series on Hilchos Shabbos
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The Shema Yisrael Torah Network
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These Halachos were shown by Rabbi Ostroff to
HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch, shlita
Questions for the Week of Parshas
May I handle a pocketknife which some of the items are non-usable on
A pocketknife is comprised of a blade, which is often used
for cutting food etc, nail clippers and other utensils. Seemingly this
would fall into the category of a basis l’davar ha’assur v’hamutar,
i.e. the handle of the pocketknife holds items permitted to use on
Shabbos and items forbidden to use. Therefore, if the permitted items
are more valuable and more important than the forbidden items, the
pocket knife would not be muktze. If the forbidden items are more
valuable, the pocketknife would be muktze.
The same rule applies to a key ring to which a muktze
item is attached. Even though the nail clippers are muktze,
nevertheless, since the keys are surely more needed than the clippers,
the ring is a basis to the heter – the keys, and is not
The indirect handling of muktze is called tiltul
min hatsad, and the halacha is that when handled for a
permitted purpose, it is permitted.
Food For Thought
Answers coming next week.
Vort on the Parsha
Rav Moshe feinstein Ztz”l was once called to the phone and it
required him to walk within the four amos of someone praying the
shmoneh esreh. His escorts remarked that the call was urgent and
therefore necessitated his crossing the four amos. Rav Moshe
replied that there is a wall in front of that person “how can we cross”?
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