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MBY 334:1-27 Laws relating to a fire that breaks out on Shabbos (abridged – part 2)
[Based heavily upon Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: 85:1-10, “Metsudah” edition, with notes, translated and annotated by Rabbi Avrohom Davis]
4. The houses where there is no fire, but are near the fire and the owners are afraid that the fire will also reach them, since they are less panicky (and are, therefore, less likely to forget themselves and extinguish the fire), they may rescue everything by taking it to a place where it is permitted to carry. (Footnote #11: Perhaps others may rescue the owner’s objects since they are calmer and are unlikely to forget themselves and extinguish the fire. Mishnah Berura 334:4 – Chayei Adam) Some say that money as well as other valuables, though they are muktzah, may be rescued from a great, sudden loss, such as a fire, flood or robbery, by placing on them some food item, and handling them together in that manner. (However, under other circumstances, there is no allowance whatsoever to handle muktzah in this manner - i.e. where there is no threat of loss, placing food on a muktzah object does not permit handling it. Ed: One other exception is the handling of a meis – corpse, which is also muktzah. See MBY 311:1-9 Muktzah on Shabbos - part 15) There are those even more lenient who rule that even by themselves you may handle them (i.e. without the placing of food), because where a great sudden loss (i.e. AND it is a panicky situation) is involved, the prohibition of muktzah is set aside, provided that you do not carry them out to a place where it is forbidden to carry. (Footnote #14: There is great controversy concerning this statement…)

Please stay tuned; there is much more to learn about the outbreak of a fire (chas v’shalom)…

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