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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
TAGS:muktza  shabbos
Halacha - Shabbos/ Muktzah
Submitted by Yaakov Y.  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Thank you for this wonderful service. According to the Mishna Brurah who is more leniant than the Chazon Ish regarding tiltul min hatzad, can you offer a clear guideline what is the biggest leniancy I would be allowed with: a) moving something with my foot? b) moving something with the back of my hand (if it's even called tiltul mihn hatzad), c) tiltul bedavar acher like a broom. E.g. from the fact I am allowed to sweep on Shabbos show that I can move ANY muktzah with a broom? A spoon? A tissue? E.g. Can I move our garbage bin (directly) with my foot? Thank you again.

a) Shulchan Aruch OC 311:8 writes that unlike other tiltul min hatzad, one may move muktza with the foot even for the benefit of the muktza item itself. Additionally, the Biyur Halacha in the end of OC 266 writes that one may move a wallet full of money with his foot.

b) The Mishna Berura 311 sk 30 writes that tiltul b'gufo means not using ones hand, presumably even the back of the hand.

c) tiltul b'davar achair may only be done for the purpose of a non-muktza item, for example if you need the place where it is located. A spoon or broom would be equal.

A garbage can could be moved with the foot based on a) above.

posted:2008-10-31 05:15:36

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