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Hello Rabbi,
If a paper towel touches an untoveled cutting board at a less observant family member’s house, and then touches a napkin, is that napkin ok to use? In other words, does the “untoveled” applyto non-food items?



Thank you for your question.

There is no problem for a non-food item to touch a not-toveled utensil. The only issue that there is, is to use the not-toveled utensil for food. In fact, post facto, if the food already touched the utensil, although we may not eat from the not-toveled utensil, if the food was moved to another plate etc. it is permitted to eat.

Best wishes


Y:D 120-16.


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