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The True Difference Between Psychedelic Drugs and Prophecy

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz : Jul 12, 2017  Breaking Israel News

A new Johns Hopkins' study isn't sitting well with some rabbis. Said Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser: "It is significant that natural psychedelics don't grow in Israel and it is not part of our tradition. That is because we are a nation of prophets, and the real prophetic experience makes LSD look like kiddie vitamins."

airlift(Israel)—[Breaking Israel News] In their search for possible benefits of psilocybin "Magic Mushrooms," researchers at Johns Hopkins University put out a call for clergy from different faiths to determine if this natural psychedelic can help man connect with God. Rabbis, even those who have benefitted in the past from this experience, are reluctant, highlighting that the true 'God experience' cannot be confined to a laboratory... (Photo: Psilocybin/Pixabay/Public Domain)

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, the rabbi of Ohev Shalom Synagogue in Washington DC, was contacted by the researchers. For two reasons, he chose not to participate in the study.

"I had concerns about the long term effect of putting those substances into my body," Rabbi Herzfeld told Breaking Israel News. "More importantly, "I don't need drugs to enhance my spirituality. Psychedelics are a shortcut that doesn't last. The only way to have a meaningful relationship with God is to choose a path in life that brings us closer to Him"...

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