Monday, August 12, 2013

Re-using a jar or bottle


When a factory produces and markets a bottled drink or food in a container, the essence is the drink or food, and the container is subsidiary and not viewed as having any sort of independent existence. Therefore, a Jew who purchases such a product and then decides to re-use the container is said to be creating the container, and no immersion of the container in a mikvah would be required.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 2:4)

[Note that I am not sure whether this would apply to containers which the company sought to re-claim for cleaning and re-use. Also note the disclaimer atop this blog; this is Rav Moshe's view, but prominent others disagree.]

Have a great day,

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