One of the big problems this year is immersing new dishes in a mikva. With so many people making Pesach and Seder for the first time, besides all the people who just have to buy new things every year, a lot of utensils have to be flung, but if the Mikvas are closed due to Corona Virus, this has become impossible.
I have already mentioned a number of solutions proposed by various rabbis, such as selling the utensils to a non-Jew or staking the utensils in front of 3 men (ad hoc beis din) or even the solution of not scolding at all because of it is not possible (but they would have to be rotated when opening the Mikvas again).
Rav Benzion Kook, a posek in Jerusalem, has found that in an extreme situation like the one we are in right now, the utensils can be hoaxed in front of three men and not relatives, and best of all with neighbors via neighboring verandas and balconies so as not to get close, and then use the Hefker utensils without buying them again. According to Pesach, the utensil must be turned over each time the Mikva is reopened.
We have already said this solution, so it is not really exciting. It is interesting that Rav Kook added that if it is difficult to get three unrelated men, the ships could be made in front of 3 family members and even 3 women.
According to Rav Kook, it’s better to make her Hefker than to sell it to a non-Jew.
Rav Kook explains that he bases his psak on what he has heard from both Rav Elyashiv and Rav Auerbach
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