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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
TAGS:bishul  shabbos
Halacha - hatmana
Submitted by Huvs  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: My crockpot has a low setting and a keep warm setting. The low setting is too high (boils too vigorously) and the keep warm is too low (doesn't boil at all). However when I put a dishtowel on top of the crockpot cover I get just the right simmering point. From what I read I'm not allowed to do that but I'm wondering if there is a heter or a suggestion that would allow me to make my cholent worry-free.
Answer:  

You are correct that this is a potentially problematic arrangement. However, there are two possible solutions. First, the prohibition of Hatmana I sonly relevant when the entire pot is covered, if you could only place the towel over most of the lid leaving a portion of it exposed, it would be permitted. Alternatively, Hatmana is only an issue when the insulation is in direct contact with the pot. If you could use something to prop up the towel so it is not laying flat on the lid and there is a gap of air between them, this too would be acceptable.

posted:2013-04-12 04:12:44


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