• to immerse dishes in a ritual bath (mikvah) to render them usable in a kosher kitchen

Example Sentences

  • I need to toivel my glasses, dishes, and my silverware before I can use them.

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • טובל (Sefardi Hebrew/Israeli pronunciation tovél; Ashkenazi Hebrew/Yiddish tóyvl); Yiddish verb טובֿל זײַן toyvl zayn 'to immerse (plus object)'
    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      tovel, toyvel, toyvl


  • Glinert ("The Joys of Hebrew") only has an entry for the verb "toyvl" 'immerse (cookware),' noting that this is the Ashkenazi term; "Sephardim and Israelis use the noun tevilat kelim, 'immersion of vessels.'" Eisenberg and Scolnic ("JPS Dictionary") have an entry for tevilah (immersion).

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