Monday, February 2, 2015

Moving a fish bowl on Shabbat


Fish, like members of the animal kingdom in general, are muktzeh on Shabbat. [There is discussion regarding creatures that have particular roles to play, like service animals, but that is beyond the scope of this post.] Therefore, a fish bowl containing fish may not be moved on Shabbat; the bowl is a base for the muktzeh items.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:239)

[Note: Other authorities disagree, and particularly where the place where the bowl is currently located is endangering the fish. You might wish to see Yabia Omer 5: Orach Chaim 26; Ketzot haShulchan 121 footnotee 4; Shemirat Shabbat k'Hilchatah 18:footnote 62 and 27:footnote 96; Az Nidbiru 8:37:2.]

Have a great day,

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