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Halacha - Water cooler
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
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An interesting question. Obviously it would be prohibitively difficult to toivel and the minhag is certainly not to, but is there justification for such a hanhaga? Assuming the receptacle inside is made of metal one would have to rely on a combination of factors to permit the water cooler. First of all it is not used as a utensil at a meal (kli seuda), and as a means of preparation it is only obligates in tevila mi'Derabannan. Furthermore, since it only works when plugged into an electrical outlet, R' Shlomo Zalman Aurbach zatzal considers it to be mechubar l'karka and not mekabel tumah. However, if it has a mechanical faucet as opposed to an electronic one this may not be true.

posted:2008-06-24 15:01:19