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Halacha - Toivel Hot water Urn
Submitted by Frumie  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I bought a new Electric Hot Water Urn for Pesach. There is no warranty if it is immersed in water. I have heard that if one unscrews a part and re-assembles the screw, it is considered Gmar Milachto by a Jew, thus negating the need for Tevilah. Can the Rav please elaborate / confirm? Thanks!
Answer: It is true that disassembling and reassembling an integral part of the urn obviates the need for hagala, however this only applies if the work done is maaseh uman, something that could only be done by a professional not an average person. Furthermore, it must also be a part that when disassembled renders the urn unusable. However if the urn is electric but not electronic, then it should be safe to imerse in the mikva as long as you wait a couple of days to dry completely before plugging it in (I don't take responsibility for this idea, but I have done it myself without any ill effects). However, if it is one of the new electronic urns it shouldn't be imersed at all and is very problematic.
posted:2008-04-13 09:13:48

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