Sunday, July 09, 2006

Smoker? Jewish? RCA Ruling on Smoking

I recently came across a ruling by the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America) on the issue of smoking. The ruling concludes that due to the dangers of smoking, smoking is forbidden according to Jewish law. To see the full ruling, click here.

The Torah values life so much that it is permitted (and often required) to break Shabbos to save a person's life. If Shabbos should be broken to save a life, clearly one should not do that which shortens life, such as smoking!


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