29 March 2007

Not TOO Mellow at the Seder

Although four cups of wine can make you mellow at the Pesach seder (or fuel the sometimes inevitable family feuds), marijuana is definitely out! According to Israel's pro-pot political party,
Cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during the week-long festival, which begins Monday, said Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for the Green Leaf party. 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.
This falls under the ruling on kitniyot, which does not apply to Jews who follow the Sephardi tradition.
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