In Israel, Jewish doctors and rabbis work collaboratively on anti-smoking efforts. Views Read Edit View history. This article has an unclear citation style. It found that among Jews, 2. Rabbis also debated the use of tobacco under traditional Jewish law, including varying aspects of its permissibility on the Sabbathchagim Jewish holy daysfast -days, and whether a special "smoking" berakhah blessing might be needed.
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For first time in decades, number of smokers rises
In line with with global trends, the smoking rate in Israel fell from about 45 percent in the early s to about 20 percent or less in the years since Halakha Jewish law addresses three main topics applicable to tobacco and cigarette smoking from the early modern period to the present day: Cigarette imports exceeded cigarette exports in Israel inwhich hurt the country's trade balance. An Israeli soldier holds a national flag as he smokes a cigarette near the Israel-Gaza border after his infantry unit left the Gaza Strip on January 18, Israeli soldiers smoking during training in northern Israel, June 14, Smoking is specifically prohibited by Solomon Freehofother Reform rabbis, as well as rabbis in the Conservative movement in the U. However, many Hasidic Rabbis oppose smoking.