Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement among Israelites, is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism. This holiday starts on the evening of September 29th and ends in the evening of September 30th.
Jewish people consider this holy day to be a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. But, does fasting also mean you can’t smoke some medicinal marijuana?
Well, that depends on the place where you live, and not on the faith itself. First lets ask ourselves: is marijuana kosher at all?
Well, the general opinion is that medical marijuana is kosher and is allowed to be consumed during Yom Kippur, as long as it is used as a medical cure and not as means of simply getting high.
Yom Kippur prayer service
Jewish tradition demands that during this period of time you pray at least five times – unlike a regular day, which has three prayer services, and certain other holidays that may require four prayers during that day or time period.
Even though we commonly suggest our readers to get high at times they see fitting, Yom Kippur is really more of a time for self-reflection. Keeping a clear head and focusing on your prayers will be a great time.
If you are having doubts about this, feel free to ask your local Rabbi. Many Rabbi’s aren’t against smoking marijuana on a regular day, even if it is not in medical purposes, but all will say no smoking on Yom Kippur.
Given that you can’t kindle a fire during Yom Kippur, that should probably mean that you should drop the weed at least for a day, unless your problems are so severe that you simply cannot handle a day without your medication.
So, if you are celebrating this holiday and you are faced with possible marijuana consumption, try delaying it at least a couple hours, spend time with your family and focus on prayer and God. We strongly suggest you not kindle any joints and respect your faith’s traditions, unless you are medically dependent on it.