By COLlive reporter
Pesach is often the season when people schlep new dishes from the store to a neighborhood keilim mikvah to toivel them for everyday use in their homes.
But with outdoor movement restricted this year, many were worried about not having the option.
The Beth Din of Montreal / Vaad Ha’ir of Montreal, led by Av Beth Din Rabbi Yonasan Binyomin Weiss and Director Rabbi Saul Emanuel, came announced this week a solution for the predicament.
“During this challenging time, it is not always possible to Toivel Keilim, due to the restrictions that are currently in effect. Many people are making Pesach for the first time and are purchasing new Keilim, making it even more challenging,” they acknowledged.
The halachic solution they offer is Mechiras Keilim – the sale of the new utensils, pots, pans, cooking and other appliances to a gentile, thereby making it his possession which is then given on loan to the Jewish person.
The process, similar to the sale of chometz which is done before Pesach, is done online and with the intention that it is only for a short period of time of 30 days.
“During this time, one may use these items, which are borrowed from the Non-Jew,” the Montreal rabbis said. “However, after 30 days, these are then returned to the original ownership of the person that purchased them, and must then be toiveled.”
The rabbis, who also head the widely accepted Montreal Kosher (MK) certification, asked the public to complete a form online.
Each day at 6:00 pm Eastern Time, up until and including Monday, April 6th, all of the forms received, and all of the included on those forms, will be sold, they said.
“At 6:30 pm on the day your form was submitted, you are allowed to use these items,” they stated.
They added not to discard any of the items and that disposable aluminum pans may be included in the sale for those who wish.