2 recent questions. Hope the Rav is doing well!
1) A kalla was baking and realized she had no toiveled muffin pans..she wanted to know if she could bake the muffin in the little muffin tins in the pan. Since the food in that case would not theoretically be touching the actual dish. If someone cooks with a separation like a muffin tin or a plastic bag (like people who line their crock pots with special plastic bags ) and the food never touches the actual pot, does the pot require tevila. I have seen brought down in the sefer Tevilas Keilim that Rav S.Z. Aurbach paskened that in the case of wrapped candies the pan does not need tevila but in a case where paper is covering a serving tray the serving tray does need tevila. What is the geder in these cases? Is the geder whether or not the hefsek is for the food (like the wrapper) or the pan? If so, in cases like muffin tins it is hard to say why the tins are there.
2) I wanted to clarify the Rav Shlitta psak on lubricating gel. Is it not smoothing because the gel is too loose or liquidy? Is this toothpaste a problem of smearing becuase it it much thicker?
1. Rav Shlomo Zalman (Minchas Shlomo 2:66) explains that even if a tray is used with baking paper, it still requires tevilah, because this is the normal way of using the tray. Because this is how the tray is used to contain the food, the paper does not constitute a partition (a hefsek), and therefore the tray requires tevilah.
In cases where the separation is not normal, the paper or bag will be considered a partition, and there will not be an obligation of tevilah, and this seems to be the case for the muffin tin bags.
2. The gel, when applied to the woman, is not generally “smoothed over” and unlike the application of cream there is no real desire to smooth it down (and only to lubricate), so that I don’t see any problem of memachek here.