Jewish Psychedelic Resources

Foundational Texts


Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, “The State of Jewish Belief” in Commentary Magazine, August 1st, 1966


Itzik Lodzer (Rabbi Arthur Green), “Notes from the Jewish Underground: Psychedelics and Kabbalah,” Response, vol. 2, no. 1 (Winter 1968): 9-21


Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, “The Ba’al Shem Tov’s Aliyath Han’shama and the LSD Experience, Summer 1963, originally edited and published in Ralph Metzner’s The Ecstatic Adventure, 1968


Yoseph Needelman-Ruiz, Cannabis Chassidis, 2012




Ka-tzetnik 135633 (Yehiel De-Nur) Shivitti: A Vision, 1999


Dr. Rick Strassman, DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible, 2014




Dr. Sula Benet, ”Early Diffusion and Folk Uses of Hemp”, from Cannabis and Culture, 1936


Rabbi Menachem Brayer, “LSD: A Jewish View”, from Tradition, Summer 1968


Hamilton Morris, “The Magic Jews”, Vice, September 2008


Rabbi Jay Michaelson, Ayahuasca and Kabbalah, January 2008


Benny Shannon, “Biblical Entheogens: a Speculative Hypothesis”, 2013


Rabbi Arthur Green, interviewed by Jayne K. Guberman, “Jewish Counterculture Oral History Project”, August 5, 2016

Shalom Goldman, “LSD and the Rabbis” from Sacred Matters, August 14, 2014 Part 1: Part 2: Part 3 (not found)

Madison Margolin, “Was Moses tripping when he saw the burning bush? Should you try?”, Times of Israel, November 2016


Madison Margolin, “Marijuana Has Always Been A Part Of Jewish Life From Ancient Israel To The Shtetl”, Forward, November 2017


Madison Margolin, “Rebirth in Bethlehem”, Playboy 2018 

Madison Margolin, “How Israelis and Palestinians Are Using Cannabis to Cope With Their Trauma”, Herb, August 2018


David A.M. Wilensky, “Can psychedelics heal the Jewish people? This rabbi is exploring that question.” J Weekly, August 2019

Madison Margolin, “How Psychedelics are Reigniting Judaism”, DoubleBlind, June 2019


Dr. James Cooke, “Psychedelics and Judaism”, Reality Sandwich, December 2020


Madison Margolin, “Returning Home: Jewish Trauma & Psychedelic Healing”, Ayin Press, February 2020


Moran Sharir, “The Dutch Psychiatrist Who Treated Traumatized Holocaust Survivors With LSD”, Haaretz (English), March 2020


Alix Wall, “Psychedelic journeys brought peace to this Holocaust survivor. Now he’s helping others on their own journey.”, J Weekly, July 2020


Ben Harris, “Jewish psychedelics reformer Rick Doblin wants to see therapeutic MDMA legalized”, JTA, November, 2020


Morgan Shipley, “Psychedelic Judaism in a Countercultural America”, in Jewish Radicalisms, 2021