Laws of Tvilat Kelim

  1. All metal or glass utensils that are owned by a Jew and used for food are required to be dipped in a Kosher Mikveh before they can be used. This requirement only applies to utensils that were made by or purchased from a Non-Jew. The reason for this is because the utensils of a Non-Jew are considered impure and must be purified when transferred to the possession of a Jew. This is achieved by dipping it in a Kosher Mikveh.
  2. Utensils made in Israel don’t need tevilah unless they were made by a Non-Jewish company. Utensils made by Jews do not require tevilah.
  3. Anything that comes in direct contact with food or drink must be dipped. This includes utensils used to prepare the food, such as mixing bowls, pots and pot covers, ladles and oven racks (if food makes direct contact).
  4. Pyrex and Corelle are glass and require Tevilah. Can openers and corkscrews do not, because they are not used for the food itself.
  5. Electronic appliances must be dipped completely until they are completely filled with water. This includes urns, sandwich makers etc.
  6. Only the parts that come in direct contact with the food require Tevilah. For example, only the glass plate of the microwave needs Tevilah. The same goes for the toaster over (only the rack needs Tevilah).
  7. Aluminum does not need Tevilah.
  8. Anything that is disposable does not need Tevilah, even if you decide to reuse it.
  9. China, plastic, earthenware do not require Tevilah (even if they are glazed).
  10. Items that come in glass or metal utensils such as pickle jars, wine bottles etc. do not need Tevilah unless something is put back into them. For example, if one wanted to pour wine back into the bottle, he would have to be Tovel it first. A simple solution is to make a condition that from now on, any time you buy something from the store that has a glass or metal jar, you are only purchasing the content inside the jar and not the jar itself. This way you do not own it and may reuse it without any worries of having to Tovel it.
  11. If one accidentally used utensils without being Tovel them, the food is still Kosher.
  12. When dipping, make a Beracha “Al Tvilat Kelim”
  13. If unsure whether something requires Tevilah or not, dip it after you made the Beracha on something that you know needs Tevilah. If you don’t have something else to Tovel, dip it without a Beracha.
  14. When dipping be sure to fully submerge the entire item.
  15. You don’t have to let go as long as your hand is wet.

Do teflon coated metal pots need tevilah? With Beracha or not? The food comes into contact with the teflon, not the metal.

They require Tevila with a Bracha. The Teflon is just a coating. Lind of like China. The food comes in contact with the glaze which can be glass but it doesn’t require Tevila

Thank you
Chag Sameach

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