Shabbos 45 – שבת מה

When discussing Rebbi Shimon’s opinion on Muktza, the Gemara begins by stating that he only applies Muktza to oil in a Shabbos lamp on account of its Mitzva designation.  Further down the Gemara states that he only applies Muktza to figs and grapes; are these two statements contradictory?

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  1. Rashi explains that according to Rebbi Shimon there are two conditions to be met for an item to be Muktza. It must have been shunned from usage manually, and it must be unusable. When the Gemara below mentions drying figs and grapes it is saying that only with those two conditions will Rebbi Shimon agree that it will have the status of conventional Muktza.

    The earlier Gemara, saying that only oil of a candle is Muktza, is talking about where it doesn’t have the condition of being unusable. Therefore, it only has the status of this other type of Muktza, Muktza to its Mitzva.

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