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Summer Halachos Part 8
Using a Water Cooler/Water Fountain on Shabbos
One may use a water cooler or water fountain (72) (even when it is plugged in) on Shabbos if he is lenient in regard to opening a refrigerator on Shabbos (even if the motor is off).(73) The same would apply to changing the water bottle on top of a water cooler on Shabbos. (74)
Below is a short list of items that one tends to use more often in the summer and how they apply to tevilas keilim.
The grates of a Disposable Grill which are made from hard metal should be toveled without a beracha.(75)
Can openers do not require tevilla. (76)
Tongs should be toveled without a beracha.(77)
Aluminum pans which are thrown out after use do not require tevilla.(78) Although some say one should tovel aluminum pans without a beracha,(79) it is not the minhag to do so. One who wants to use an aluminum pan more than once does not need to tovel it because the Yid is the one who is making the pan into a permanent utensil.(80) Others say one should tovel it without a beracha. (81)
Potato Peelers- potato peelers should be toveled, without a beracha. (82)
(72) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Be'er Moshe 6:58, Rivevos Ephraim 3:248:page 145, 5:534:1, Nishmas Shabbos Electric page 85. (73) Those who permit the opening of a refrigerator even if the motor is off are the Minchas Shlomo 1:10, Shulchan Shlomo 1:277:1, Tzitz Eliezer 8:12, 12:92, Yalkut Yosef Shabbos 5:pages 201-202, Nishmas Shabbos Electric 36 in depth. Rivevos Ephraim 3:590:24, this is the opinion of Horav Moshe Feinstein zt"l quoted in The Shabbos Home 2:page 482 (although in the teshuva he says the opposite). The following poskim maintain opening a refrigerator is not allowed if the motor is off, Edos L'Yisroel pages 122, 151-153, Igros Moshe O.C. 2:68, Mishnas Rav Aron 4, Har Tzvi 1:151, Chelkes Yaakov 1:54, 2:47, 3:179, Shemiras Shabbos K'hilchoso 10:12, Minchas Yitzchok 2:16, 4:64:2, Bris Olom page 78, Oz Nedberu 1:59, 2:36:3, Be'er Moshe kuntres electric 6:4-6, Yaskil Avdi O.C. 5:36, Yabea Omer O.C. 1:21, Shalmei Yehuda page 55:footnote 66 quoting the opinion of Horav Elyashiv Shlita, Kovetz Bais Aron V'Yisroel 87:pages 102-107, see Rivevos Ephraim 3:248 in depth. The Chazzon Ish holds a refrigerator may not be opened on Shabbos if it runs on a thermostat (Chut Shuni Shabbos 1:pages 199-201). Some say one should open a refrigerator with a shinu (Teshuvos V'hanhugos 1:222, see Teshuvos Horav Shteiff 66:page 66). (74) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Nishmas Shabbos Electric pages 85-87. (75) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita. Refer to Tevillas Keilim 11:34. (76) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see OU document A-66, Avnei Yushfei 1:147:2. (77) Refer to Article from the OU on this inyun from Horav Forst Shlita. (78) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see L'Torah V'horah 2:page 41, Igros Moshe Y.D. 3:23, Kinyan Torah 1:51:1, Oz Nedberu 7:71, Minchas Yitzchok 5:32, Yeishiv Moshe 1:111, Teshuvos V'hanhugos 3:259, Shraga Hameir 2:83, Minchas Osher Y.D. 2:5, Divrei Chachumim page 189:37, Shalmei Moed page 515, Pischei Halacha Kashrus (Hebrew) page 60:20, Tevilas Keilim 1:7:footnote 10, 11:148, Chelkes Binyomin Y.D. 120:69. (79) Pischei Halchos Kashrus (Hebrew) page 109 quoting the opinion of the Be'er Moshe, Tevilas Keilim pages 243-244 teshuva from Horav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt"l, Emes L'Yaakov Y.D. 220:footnote 51, see Teshuvos V'hanhugos 4:192. (80) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Chelkes Binyomin ibid. (81) Refer to Tevilas Keilim 1:7:footnote 10 in depth. The Star-K holds an aluminum pan used more than once requires tevila with a beracha. (82) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see OU document A-66, Avnei Yushfei 146:1.
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