Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs (A Memoir)

“In early 2001, I got here to Jerusalem,
just out of excessive school,
looking for an genuine spiritual tradition
for the best way to smoke marijuana
rightly, helpfully, extra effectively
and extra meaningfully.

What i discovered also and instead
was a residing tradition, wrestling with the mystery
of easy methods to include the exctatic; and the
mystery of the reasons for it really is repression,
along with alot of wonderful advice and negative truths concerning the nature of faith, legislation, idealism and drugs.”

Cannabis Chassidis: the traditional and rising Torah of gear (A memoir) info the query and it truly is exploration: How might or not it's that anything as inherent to trendy lifestyles as Marijuana, whatever with a wealthy historical past of human utilization, has no culture in Torah, a advice procedure that i used to be raised to appreciate as encompassing every little thing strong that one may still understand? there are solutions for what's there within the culture, wealthy allusions to herbs and smokes utilized in diverse capacitities, and the extra fascinating solutions and questions are approximately what there's not within the culture, and why.

And alongside the way in which, the spectrum of an event of dwelling mystical way of life is explored, and the romantic idealization and redemptive power of either Psychedelia and faith are touched and felt deeply, within the context of remarkable groups and people who have skilled the glories and the mess ups of both.

Join Yoseph Leib on his travels and experiences all through Jerusalem, long island, and Rainbow nation U.S.A, looking for suggestions approximately how hashish and psychedelics have and feature now not been utilized in either historical and rising Hassidic traditions, and what the way in which we have now regarding our wants for drugs, gods, and intoxicants can train us approximately how we relate to ourselves, our neighborhood, and our G-d. the fantastic challenge of ways what we will be able to research can set us loose, in every kind of the way.

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