Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Passover warning

Just another service provided here at Second Effort: According to an AP story by Matti Friedman that I saw in this morning's Chicago Sun-Times, the Isreali Green Leaf Party, a pro-marijuana party that has never quite elected anyone to the Knesset, is warning its supporters,"You shouldn't smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it."

Friedman reports, "Biblical laws prohibit eating leavened foods during Passover, replacing bread with flat crackers called matza. Later injunctions by European rabbis extended those rules to forbid other foods like beans and corn, and more recent rulings have further expanded the ban to include hemp seeds, which today are found in some health oils -- and in marijuana."

So now you know.

Passover starts Monday evening. Guide yourselves accordingly.

4 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i understand there is no lent in passover, go figure, huh?

smiles, bee

Linda said...

How very, uh, unorthodox ...

Mother Jones RN said...

Oui vey! I wonder why the rabbis prohibit eating hemp seeds on Passover. I was taught that you can break biblical dietary laws to protect your health. Since diabetic patients are allowed to use insulin made from pork, does that mean that you can get stoned on Passover if you have a doctor's note?


MJ

The Curmudgeon said...

Linda -- cute

MJ -- paging Dr. Feelgood, paging Dr. Feelgood....