‘Set aside’; an object that must not be handled on the Sabbath and festivals. The basic principle behind the laws of muktzah is that a fence is made around the Sabbath and festivals to prevent any infringement of the law. If, for instance, it had been permitted on the Sabbath to handle working implements such as a saw or a chisel or to handle money or a pen, it would have been far easier to forget that the day is sacred and actually use the saw to saw wood or the money to buy and sell or the pen to write with it, all acts forbidden on the Sabbath. It is, however, permitted to touch muktzah objects, the prohibition extending only to handling them.
Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.