I posted this very serious Shayala for many frum Northern Californian Jews on my facebook wall the other day and got some very good halachic responses that are hard to come by since most robbonom have little experience with pot smoking. It’s not that I smoke much pot, but since many people in my neck of the woods do I figured we could finally get down to smoking pot in a manner that is compliant fully with shulchan aruch and many other commentaries. Obviously, the lack of grow lights and prevalence of bitter cold winters made it hard for pot to be grown in Eastern Europe and therefore the mesorah for pot smoking was lost, but I still feel it an important halachic issue that effects many members of out kehilla.
In all honesty, the real question should not have been wondering whether a Jewish owned bong needs to be dipped in the mikvah prior to usage, but really whether or not one could smoke from a non-Jewish bong. If bishul akum is assur, wouldn’t someone’s keli that was used by a non-Jew to cook be assur without a proper kashuring and/or toivel? This is for another time, since pot may be considered “lo ruey lemelech” it may not be a problem, but let’s keep things straight. Do bongs, commonly used to smoke herbs and tobacco need to be dipped in the mikvah?
Here are some of the responses by some of the leading poskim of facebook:
- Bruce BernfeldFantastic shailah. On the surface I would say no but it needs further review. What is it made of? Will it hold water or wine? Will the wine be me mevushal? What kind of hechsher will the herb have? Will it have a handle? How hot will the bowl get? Is it possible to get it completely clean after use? In what room of the house will it be predominantly used? Will it be passed from man to woman and back to man? Too many questions to paskin right now. I will try and have an answer by 4:20 PST
- Sam Bernstein So @Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski….. i have always wondered in regards to rabbanut saying it is kitniyot, why can only sfardim smoke it? If the issur is just eating kitniyot (i.e your allowed to get “ha-nu-uh” from kitniyot,) and by smoking it, you are not eating it, nor are the “scoobie snacks” that might enter your mouth in anyway “achilas kelev”, shouldnt it be allowed for everyone?
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