The Beth Din of America has created a
mechanism to enable one to sell metal and glass utensils to a non-Jew,
similar to the way one sells chometz to a non-Jew. If you have bought a
metal or glass vessel, but find it hard to immerse it, you can use the form they have created or include the vessel in the sale of chometz .
Siyum for First-Born Erev Pesach: There will be two opportunities to participate in a Siyum via phone conference this Wednesday, Erev Pesach, April 8th.
Both Siyumim are dedicated by Maty and Freda Fried and family in memory
of Maty's father -- Yisroel Koppel ben Matisyahu -- whose yahrzeit is
Erev Pesach, and Maty's mother -- Rivka bas Alexander -- for whom Shiva
will conclude on the morning of Erev Pesach.
R' Aaron Katz will conduct the first siyum at 7:30 AM on Maseches
Brachos, and I will conduct the second siyum at 9:00 AM on Maseches
Tamid. The call-in number for both siyumim is 725 735 9648. After
hearing the siyum, first-borns should eat something at home in honor of
the siyum. This absolves the first-born from fasting.
Hallel at Maariv:
It is debatable whether those who say Hallel at Maariv on the Seder
nights do so when davening without a minyan. The position of Rav Chaim
Soloveitchik was that one should not say Hallel at Maariv when davening
alone. Of course, Hallel as part of the Seder is recited normally.