Does porcelain need to be immersed in the mikvah?

What do ashkenazim hold?

How about sefardim?

And hassidim?

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    There are close votes on this question for being "unclear." I don't think it's unclear, per se, but I don't think you need to ask about ashkenazim, sefardim, and hassidim separately -- just ask the question, and see what answers come.
    – MTL
    Dec 31, 2014 at 18:59
  • @Shokhet, this question would be more useful with the different opinions lemaysa.
    – Ani Yodea
    Dec 31, 2014 at 20:29

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Raw earthware (terra cotta, i.e. flowerpot finish) does not require an immersion. (Immersion is for things that can become ritually impure, then ritually pure again. Clay can't become repurified, therefore no immersion is required.

Porcelain is glazed earthenware. Hence some rabbis treat it as glass, which requires immersion; and others ignore the glaze and treat it as earthenware, which doesn't. And some rabbis differentiate based on how thick the glaze is. I've heard all these opinions from non-Hassidic Ashkenazi rabbis.

My impression is that Hassidim are generally strict. I don't know about Sefardim.

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