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Does glass need tevilas keilim?

And if so, does one make a Bracha?

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Yes, glass needs tevilah :

הקונה מהגוי כלי סעודה של מתכות או של זכוכית, או כלים המצופים באבר מבפנים, אף על פי שהם חדשים, צריך להטבילים במקוה או מעין של ארבעים סאה

יברך: על טבילת כלי, ואם הם שנים או יותר, מברך: על טבילת כלים

שולחן ערוך יורה דעה קכ:א-ג

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 120:1,3

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The requirement on glass is rabbinic, but it still warrants a bracha. (We say brachas on rabbinic mitzvas all the time.) The only time we do no-bracha is if there's a doubt whether it's required, e.g. a difference of opinion among poskim. – Shalom May 7 '10 at 14:16
I believe the aharonim say it is still better to have something metal that you are toveling to remove you from safek bracha because there are those who hold glass does not require tevilah. Correct me with sources if I remember wrong. – Yahu May 7 '10 at 18:02
Yahu: Shach (120:5) says this about lead-plated dishes, because Rema (ibid. :1) says that these should be toveled without a berachah (and as Taz ibid. :3 explains, the reasoning is that the lead plating is only decorative). But I'm not aware of anyone who says this about glass dishes, since it's stated explicitly in the Gemara (Avodah Zarah 75b, Rav Ashi) that they do require immersion. – Alex May 7 '10 at 20:23

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