Can't Touch This
Parashat BeShallach

Ethan Tucker

Muktzeh and the Essence of Shabbat. We generally understand the central category of Shabbat laws to be melakhah, doing active work; the laws of muktzeh (not touching a problematic object) are a "fence" around the true prohibitions of actions. But this has not always been the case, and it may be that we need to reclaim muktzeh as a central category to maintain Shabbat in the face of technological advancement.

The recording of the shiur is from the Community Beit Midrash in 2009.

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Key Sources (shiur recorded in 2009)
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Summary and Dvar Torah
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