[Paleopsych] CNET: Viagra ruled kosher for Passover
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Viagra ruled kosher for Passover
April 13, 2005, 12:54 PM PDT
Looks like those who adhere to Passover laws forbidding the
consumption of leaven can make an exception when it comes to one type
of rising agent--Viagra.
According to Wednesday's Jerusalem Post (free registration
required), rabbis have found a way to work around the fact that the
pills' coating contains leaven, which is to be avoided during
Passover to commemorate the story that Jews escaping slavery in
ancient Egypt were too hurried to let their bread rise.
The Jerusalem Post points out that drugs taken for life-threatening
conditions, even if they contain yeast, baking powder or other
"hametz," can--and must--be taken during Passover. Since erectile
dysfunction can hardly be considered life-threatening, few rabbis
approved Viagra's use during the upcoming festival of freedom, which
begins on April 23.
But after receiving queries from religious men and Pfizer
Pharmaceuticals-Israel about whether Viagra can be taken during the
holiday, prominent rabbi Mordechai Eliahu ruled that men can take the
drug if they purchase special empty capsules made from kosher gelatin
before the holiday, then insert the blue pill into the capsule and
Posted by Leslie Katz
Leslie Katz is an associate editor who focuses on personal technology.
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