Tevilat Kelim: Immersing Food Utensils

Some perform symbolic sanctification of newly acquired items.

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Furthermore, citing recent Orthodox precedents in other realms, the committee also argues that corporate bodies, including firms that manufacture utensils or market them, are not persons and thus cannot be considered idolaters even if they are owned by non-Jews. The Conservative committee concludes that "tevilat kelim is not required in our day, save for personally owned or crafted food utensils purchased from [known] idolaters."

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Rabbi Peretz Rodman

Peretz Rodman is a Jerusalem-based rabbi, teacher, writer, editor, and translator. He was a founding editor of MyJewishLearning.com.