Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Great Regulars: A corpse, naturally, is muktzeh--it would

have to be, since there is no possible use for it. And the law states that we are not allowed to move muktzeh items on Shabbat. This would leave you in a difficult situation--especially in the hot climate of Palestine or Babylonia--if you were stuck on Shabbat with a corpse sitting out in the sun. Can the rabbis come up with a way around the prohibition, which would allow moving the corpse into the shade?

In fact, they offer several solutions.

from Adam Kirsch: Tablet: Eggs and Babies


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