The Ashkenazic and Sephardic Chief Rabbis, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, have called on the Israeli public not to use firecrackers to celebrate Purim.
“As the days of Purim merrily approach us, we are turning to parents, teachers, and our beloved children and teenagers to avoid using firecrackers, detonators and other types of explosives,” an official statement read. “Our holy Torah warns us in the mitzvah (commandment) ‘you shall preserve their very souls’ [. . ] as handed down by the Rambam and the Shulchan Aruch, ‘it is a positive commandment to remove any obstacle which endangers lives.'”
“We already know from experience the danger that these explosives can cause, as they make a popping sound which startles everyone nearby and have cause several tragedies and accidents over the past several years.
“Therefore, we call to prevent explosive materials from being used, traded, or distributed, and call on our dear parents and teachers out of love to use their influence to prevent children from using them, without exception.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.