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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Do You Need To Toivel A Coffee Jar Or A Soda Bottle?
Keilimthat are used to serve food at a table, require Tevila beforeuse.  If it is made of metal , many poskim hold that it need tevila MinHaTorah.  If it is glass then all agree it is MiD'Rabanan.  Rav MosheShternbuch (1:447) says that he heard from the Chazon Ish that youshould be Machmir by a metal coffee jar and empty it of its contents assoon as you open it.

From a logical standpoint, Rav Shternbuchsays he would think you can be lenient since the jar is not a "KliSeudah", as it is kept in the kitchen and not brought to the table.  Itis simply a storage utensil that will be disposed of when it becomesempty of its contents, and never is any coffee returned to the jar. This is also the opinion of the Maharil Diskin.  Rebbi Akiva Eigerholds that even metal containers used for storage only are exempt fromtevila.

Rav Shternbuch suggests that for metal keilim you shouldbe machmir like the Chazon Ish, however for glass containers which ared'rabanan and you do not reuse them, you do not need to toivel them andare free to use them.

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