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This Jewish Scientist Discovered The Magic of THC

By On April 12, 2017

In the early 1960s, a Bulgarian-born scientist named Raphael Mechoulam was caught carrying five kilograms of, as he called it, “superb, smuggled Lebanese hashish” on a bus from Tel Aviv to Rehovot. But… Read More


Hitler Was a Secret Cocaine & Opiate Addict

By On March 29, 2017

Did you know that Adolf Hitler was on a drug cocktail of cocaine and opioids throughout World War II? Well, he was—and it’s the subject of Norman Ohler’s new book, Blitzed: Drugs in… Read More


Where Drug Lords Once Reigned, Colombian Jewish Converts Now Pray

By On May 3, 2016

Bello, the Medellín, Colombia suburb largely known for drugs and gang violence, is an unlikely destination for Israeli backpackers, foreign rabbis, and Jewish tourists. But thanks to a former pastor named Juan… Read More


Biblical Straight Edge

By On May 3, 2012

In contrast to the risky excesses that one normally associates with American teenagers–alcohol, drugs, sex–a bunch of rebellious teenagers in and around Washington D.C. in the early 1980s created the “straight edge” movement. In… Read More


Aliens in the Bible?

By On March 23, 2012

The earliest writings of Merkavah mysticism date back to the second century C.E. The word Merkavah literally means “chariot,” and this mystical study is named after the surreal vision at the beginning of the biblical Book of Ezekiel, in which… Read More


Hard to Hear

By On March 22, 2012

“Being the hearing child of deaf parents,” says stand-up comic Moshe Kasher in his new memoir, Kasher in the Rye, “is a membership card to a very elite club. To other deaf people, we aren’t… Read More