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Toveling

Although kashering and toveling are sometimes required for the same utensil, they are fundamentally different procedures, serving different purposes. Kashering is the process required to expel the flavor of forbidden foods from the utensil’s surfaces and is therefore inapplicable to a utensil which has never been used. Toveling is required for a utensil (even unused) manufactured by, or acquired from a non- Jew. A utensil manufactured and used by a non-Jew or used by a non-Jew and purchased by a Jew requires both kashering and toveling.

About the Author: Raphael Grunfeld’s book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Moed” (distributed by Mesorah) is available at OU.org and your local Jewish bookstore. His new book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Nashim & Nezikin,” will be available shortly.


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