Friday, August 25, 2006

Daf Yomi - Yoma 80- Lekavod Shabbos

The Gemara states that after the Torah was given to Moshe at Sinai, a prophet is not permitted to innovate any law. It is interesting to note that the laws of muktzeh appear to be innovative laws, yet do not constitute a contradiction to this Gemara. The Rambam and Raavad both offer various reasons for the institution of muktzeh, so it is clear that muktzeh is not an innovation. Rather, the prohibition of muktzeh was instituted as a safeguard for the biblical laws of Shabbos, and the laws of muktzeh also allow one to observe Shabbos properly without the distractions that one is faced with during the weekday.

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