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Laws of Shabbos #185

A door of a house that has muktzah hanging on it does not become a basis. This is because a door’s primary function is not to hold items. There is a debate as to whether one can make the same argument about a fridge or freezer door, but Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach is lenient.

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Laws of Shabbos #184

When using the allowance to move a basis that had both permitted objects and muktzah objects one should ideally shake the muktzah item off. Often times this is not practical as the muktzah may break, it may get in the way, etc. and in such cases one need not do so.

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Laws of Shabbos #183

Although value is typically judged subjectively, if one leaves a holy book on a basis it is by definition more valuable because of its sanctity.

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Laws of Shabbos #182

If on the basis, both Muktzah and non-muktzah items are placed when Shabbos begins – if the muktzah item is more valuable than the non-muktzah item then the basis is muktzah. If the non-muktzah item is more valuable then the basis  is not muktzah. Value is defined subjectively. In a similar vein, if one needs an item for more »

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Laws of Shabbos #181

If one knew ahead of time that the basis was going to not be holding Muktzah on Shabbos, the Mishna Berurah rules that it is not Muktzah. A common application is a garbage bin placed outside on garbage day. Garbage is Muktzah and therefore the bin should be a basis. However since one knows that the garbage more »

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Tzidkas HaTzadik #25

Praying in Solitude

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Laws of Shabbos #180

If a muktzah item is placed on something else, the item holding the muktzah becomes muktzah itself. For example, the tray that Shabbos candles are placed upon is Muktzah for all of Shabbos. This is so even if the candles are removed from upon the tray. This principle is knows as basis which means a base. We more »

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Laws of Shabbos #179

There is a debate between the later authorities as to whether one may move Muktzah in an abnormal fashion even for the sake of protecting the Muktzah. The Mishna Berura rules that one may do so. As an example, if one’s phone is on the floor and one is concerned that it will get damaged, more »

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Meseches Shabbos Daf 4b

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Reasons to Believe (Emunah, Part 2 of 2)

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