Sunday, April 09, 2006 I was asked the following question:
I live in Germany. I have a serious health problem and no
doctor can help me. I have been to 10 hospitals with strong abdominal pain, in
the lower right area. Now I am on Morphine and the doctor wants to take it away
from me, because they have not found a tumor in my colon or anywhere. I have one
problem and that is smoking. Is smoking a sin and do you think G-d is punishing
me for it.
I would appreciate your advice.
was my response:
You are really asking two separate questions:
1) Is smoking a sin
2) Is G-D punishing you for smoking
The answer to smoking is that it is NOT a sin...unwise, maybe but not a sin. I,
too, am a smoker and have no fear that G-D will punish me for it. I enjoy it and
I harm no one in the process.
G-D isn't vindictive or vengeful against us, his children, unless we do
something so terrible that divine retribution is called for...this is rare for
G-D has granted us free will...when we believe that we have done something
"wrong", we tend to punish ourselves far more than G-D would ever dream of.
If you believe that smoking is causing or contributing to you pains, find a
substitute for it. If it isn't, enjoy it and try to be moderate in the quantity
you do smoke.
I wish you the Blessing of Good Health.
you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices
and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail.
I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the
question is informative to our community.
you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
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