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jews and drugs


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


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

Jews Ask Here’s Your Hemp, What’s Your Hurry

Jews Ask: Here’s Your Hemp, What’s Your Hurry?

By On March 6, 2015

“Drug policy reform is [already] a Jewish value,” says Le’Or, the Portland-based Jewish nonprofit spearheading the Jewish community’s push for marijuana legalization in the US. Not to worry, you could be excused… Read More


Drugs and Strippers Under God

By On May 2, 2013

Polish Bar, a recent movie starring Judd Hirsch, Meat Loaf, and Richard Belzer (the Law and Order guy) is packed with the drama of what the filmmakers call Chicago’s “ludicrous underbelly”: money, drugs, sex, religion,… Read More


Another Kind of ‘Green’ Judaism

By On January 24, 2012

“Is marijuana kosher?” The book Cannabis Chasidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs is an insightful, if puzzling, exploration of what Jewish sources think about drugs and chemical experimentation. The author, Yoseph Leib, hails from a… Read More