Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fallen Buttons on Shabbos


If a button falls from my shirt on Shabbos, is the button muktzeh?

Items that perform a function when Shabbos starts, like a button that is attached to a shirt, are not muktzeh. Even should they cease to perform that function during Shabbos, they would not become muktzeh so long as they were intact. Therefore, a fallen button is not muktzeh. However, it may not be re-attached until after Shabbos.

  • Some rule that a button loses its status if it is not functional right now. It would be good to satisfy that opinion, where possible, and treat a fallen button as muktzeh.
  • If one were to decide not to re-attach the button to the original garment, then the button would lose its status as a functional implement, and it would be muktzeh.
  • A button that has never been attached to a garment is muktzeh.

(Shabbos 122b, 124b; Mishneh Berurah 308:35; Az Nidbiru 7:46; Shemirat Shabbat k'Hilchatah 15:72, 15:(222); Rivivos Ephraim 1:223:7; Yalkut Yosef Orach Chaim 308:87)

Have a  great day,

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