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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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Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2009-03-23 06:14:12
I mentioned this heter in a different teshuva under halacha:tevilas keilim. However, even Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach who originated this idea did not rely on it without other considerations, so it seems in my opinion that this factor should not be relied upon alone.
Anonymous, 2009-03-18 13:39:26
I was told by a well known Rabbi that you do not have to toivel the electric urn, the heter is : that it is attched to the wall when using it, so it becomes mechubar to the wall, just like an oven (that you use without toiveling it.
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