Alternative Spellings

tovel, toyvel, toyvl


  • 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).


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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