Question:

If I want to reuse a glass jar or bottle that was bought with food in it (eg. a coffee jar or whiskey bottle) do I need to toivel it? Thank you so much!

Answer:

There are many poskim who sat that it should be toveled, ( without a bracha), however many people rely on the opinion of R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l who held that it doesn’t need tevilah.. His reasoning was that since it was sold as a one time bottle, meant to empty and throw out, therefore it wasn’t considered a kli yet. Therefore when the Jew ecides to reuse it , he is the one making it into a kli, therefore it doesn’t need tevilah.

Sources:

Igros Moshe Y:D 2-40, 137, Ohr L’ztion 1 end of siman 24, Shmiras Shabbos Khilchoso 9 ftnt. 41, Mishne Halachos 4-107, M’bais Halevi 15 pg. 80, Chut Shani Shabbos1 pg. 219, Teshuvos V’hanhagos1-446, R’ M. Stern zt”l (Authir if Be’er Moshe) brought in Pischei Halacha pg.154.

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