Monday, April 21, 2008

Forget Lipa - Chareidi Rabbonim ban smoking during Pesach!


Blogger The back of the hill said...

That's insane.

One does not eat or drink tobacco. One burns it.

An argument can be made that the glue used in cigarettes and the smoothing additions added to cigarette papers are chometzedik - likewise the starch-glue used for the shoulder leaf-cap of a fine handrolled cigar (and, for Ashkenazim, rice paper for cigarettes would also be out of the question, despite the purity of their manufacture), but for pipe-tobacco, none of this holds.

Likewise, if one is concerned about the chometzedikkes in the glues or the papers, one can use a holder (I have some very nice ivory holders - broke my fine antique amber holder years ago, alas).

So, most of us nicotiniacs can still partake - just the chewing of tobacco is entirely out of the question because of inclusions and flavourings (nasal snuff is another matter - naught chometzedikkes, and it doesn't get "consumed" - just gently shoved up the nose).

April 22, 2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger Walter said...

Maybe some sort of quick drying spray could be made that you could go through charedi households with that would result in a later removable layer of plastic absolutely preventing chametz from getting into anything, then when pesach comes around, pull the plastic down like disposing of a wrapper and enjoy you chametz free home. Reapplication afterwards takes just a few hours and your home is ready for another year.

April 25, 2008 4:44 PM  

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