Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Immersing utensils on Shabbat and Yom Tov, Part II


We have said that there is some debate as to whether one may immerse utensils on Shabbat or Yom Tov.

Our chief concern is the appearance of 'fixing' the utensil, by making it usable for Shabbat / Yom Tov. Therefore, one who needs to immerse a pitcher, cup or similar utensil may dip it in the mikvah to draw water, and thereby fulfill the immersion requirement as well, so long as the mikvah water is potable.

Note that one would not recite a berachah, lest he make the immersion element obvious - which also means that he should not use this method unless absolutely necessary, since this method eliminates the opportunity to recite a berachah for the mitzvah.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 323:7; Mishneh Berurah 323:36; Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 323:11)

Have a great day,


  1. Good evening,

    I specifically wanted to ask about "gift giving" of edible products on Shabbos and Yom Tov. If we have several guest who bring, let's say, a bottle of wine on Shabbos-- must we open and drink from each? Is it okay to accept the gift even though we won't use it on Shabbos?

  2. Hi Michael,

    I believe it need not be used, although it must be available for use.