Friday, March 13, 2015

Hag'ala and Libun

Hag'ala and Libun
Day: Friday
Date: March 13, 2015
Parshat: Vayakhel - Pikudei
Yalkut Yosef: 448

Pots, pans, and other utensils used with hametz during the year need to be kashered to use on Pesah. The type of kashering it needs to depends on the way it is normally used. A pot which is normally used for items that contain liquid, needs "hag'ala," and a utensil normally used for food that does not have liquid requires "libun." A pot that is normally used with liquid would require hag'ala event if it is used occasionally for items without liquid, and vice versa. However if the utensil is normally used for food that is okay for Pesah and only rarely used for hametz, in such a case we do not follow the main usage and the utensil would in fact need to be kashered. Therefore, a water urn that is occasionally used on Shabbat to heat food should not be used on Pesah if the food heated is hametz.

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