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1. A single item may be Muktzah or not Muktzah, depending on its owner's designation.
2. There is a dispute about the law in the case of one who wants to use the cut branches of a palm tree as benches on Shabbos.
3. Beraisa, Rav Asi: Although he does not have to tie the branches (see #2), he must sit on them before Shabbos.
4. It is appropriate to wash one's face, hands, and feet every day.
5. The Gemara discusses how it is permitted to use fragrant grasses kept in wet earth as spices for smelling on Shabbos.
A BIT MORE
1. For example, the Beraisa states that if a person stored pieces of wool in order to be sold, they are Muktzah. If he designated them for a permitted household use, they are not Muktzah.
2. Tana Kama: He must tie them together before Shabbos to designate them as benches. It is not enough to just think that he intends to use them as benches on Shabbos. Raban Shimon ben Gamliel: He does not need to tie them together in order to designate them.
3. Similarly, the Beraisa states that one may lie down on straw that was not designated for sleeping and move it with most of his body, but he may not move it with his hands because it is Muktzah.
4. This is because the verse states, "All things Hashem created for Him." In other words, all creations are for His honor, and when they are clean it is an honor to Hashem.
5. Since the grasses are kept fresh by keeping them in a pail of wet earth, one must put them into the pail, pull them out, and then put them back in before Shabbos. When he does this once before Shabbos, the hole becomes wide enough so that more dirt does not move when he removes them from the pail on Shabbos.
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