IS IT JUST US, OR IS THIS LOONEY TUNES?

From the Jerusalem Post (Friday,April 18, 2008)

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the leading Lithuanian rabbinical arbiter who lives in Jerusalem signed an announcement that states: “Rabbi Elyashiv has told those who asked him that of course one must not smoke cigarettes during Pesach as long as they are suspected of having leaven. And this is besides (sic) the prohibition of smoking all year because of the dangers (to health).”
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Let’s see if we got that right: It is prohibited ab initio to smoke. We got that.
The rabbi wants us to know that although smoking is prohibited, we should also not smoke during Passover because there might, possibly be chametz in the cigarette.

Is it just us or is this weird? You are forbidden to smoke, but if you do smoke, you are forbidden to smoke during Passover. Sure. Makes a lot of sense. Just not to us.

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 12:05 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink
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