Rabbis declare certain Israeli cigarette brands 'kosher' for Passover holiday

New York, Mar 26 : Now, observant Jews in Israel can enjoy a 'rabbi-approved puff' during the week-long Passover holiday that starts from Monday.

Three brands of smokes have been branded kosher-for-Passover following inspections of local cigarette factories.

The stamp of approval came from the Beit Yosef private rabbinic group, which certifies foods as compliant with Jewish dietary restrictions.

Last month, Beit Yosef approved three local cigarette brands for smoking during Passover, the New York Daily News reports.

The chief rabbinate in Israel, however, disapproved of the measure, saying cigarettes are life-threatening and should not be approved by rabbis.

According to the paper, this is the first time cigarettes have joined the long list of goods stringently checked to ensure they comply with Passover rules on what items are allowed, or kosher for the holiday, meaning they have not come in contact with grains or other forbidden ingredients.

During the holiday, Jewish law forbids chametz, anything consisting of grains that may have come in contact with water, starting the process of fermentation.

Jews, including many who are not religiously observant the rest of the year, spend weeks ahead of Passover cleaning their homes and belongings to rid them of any morsel of food considered to be chametz.

--ANI (Posted on 26-03-2013)

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