Question:

My question that leaves me in wonder refers to kashering. When new dishes and kitchen utensils are bought from a non Jewish store, is it then an obligated must for the items to be dunked into the Mikvah for the purpose of purification?

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Answer:

 

You are right. The Torah tells us after the war with Midyan and the Jews captured all of their possessions, G-d told Moses that the vessels that were captured had to be purified before they could be used.  The Torah says ( Numbers 31-23) “However the gold, silver, copper, steel, tin, or lead, anything that came in contact with fire, and it should be purified”, that the vessels of a gentiles that now came into the possession of a Jew need to be purified, and  immersed in a mikvah. The Talmud explains the reason for this mitzvah is just like when a person becomes a ger and elevates himself to the status of a Jew he undergoes a purification process of going to the mikvah, so too the vessels now went from  being a gentiles to being a Jews also need this purification process. Note; This only apples to utensils made of metal or glass, but not the utensils made of wood, pottery, or other materials.

 

Sources:

See Bais Yosef Yorah Deah 120 in the name of the Talmud Yerushalmi.

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