Thursday, January 3, 2013

Putting up window shades on Shabbat


One should not leave window shades to be put up on Shabbat, due to the strain involved. However, should shades fall from their place on Shabbat, one would be allowed to put them back up. They are not considered muktzeh when they fall.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 5:21:6)

[I am not sure why Rav Moshe does not discuss the potential problem of construction here. Perhaps, as appears likely from the wording of his responsum, he is discussing shades which are routinely attached and removed.]

Have a great day,

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