Rav Zliberstein: “Cigarette Ash is Treif”

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Last night, Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, rov of the Ramat Elchonon neighborhood of Bnei Brak and member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Degel Hatorah, attended the wedding of his grandson in Bnei Brak.

As is the custom at weddings, ash was placed on the head of the chosson prior to the chupah. However, Rav Zilberstein adamantly refused to allow cigarette ashes to be used for the ashes place on the head of the chosson.

“Ashes of cigarettes are treif,” said Rav Zilberstein, who asked that tissue being burned to produce ash for this purpose.

This was indeed done and Rav Zilberstein placed the ashes on the head of his grandson.

The chosson is a son of Rav Zilberstein’s son, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Zilberstein, author of Avnei Choshen on Ketzos Hachoshen and many other seforim. The wedding was held at the Armonot Chein Hall in Bnei Brak.

David Steger – Matzav.com Israel


  1. We always used it for Tish’a B’Av, until we couldn’t find smokers (B”H!). Why wasn’t this psak publicized in the past?

  2. Cigarette ash is indeed treif. The inhalation of a cigarette is antisemitism.

    Find the ways of G-d. Use a good cigar or pipe instead. The tobacco is just the happy mood for the smoker.

    • Aside from being incoherent, you are wrong.

      Cigars and pipes are just as dangerous as cigarettes. Instead of lung cancer, you get throat cancer, R”L.

      • Thank you for your social commentary. There is a spiritual component you are not aware. A cigar or a pipe can be a very enjoyable experience. Where did you get your biology degree? Hashem CREATED Tobacco.

        The thought is that a cigarette inhaled into the lungs has a negativity of the human spirit. The value is an agitation of humane thought.

        Sadly, you are correct. Tobacco can cause ill health. In the same thought, it can improve the mood and many men who have had difficult days in their lives are able to enjoy a cigar to make sure that their good years are healthy in mind and spirit.

        Its a chance. You either enjoy it and take the risk or you go without some help from Hashem. Still, the thought is the antisemitism. Thank you for your blasphemy of hate.

  3. Cigarettes are treif.Rav Reuven Feinstein unequivocally declared it so at a Agudat Israel of America convention, and said his father would have also,if he were alive today and knowing now what we know of its effect on health.


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