Feinstein used in this teshuva is outdated and contradicted by modern science. Weed is safer than Tylenol regarding you cannot OD on it. The gateway drug theory is unsubstantiated and no evidence supports the claim. If it is an issue regarding honoring you parents d'oarisa, then this should be the main point. AS a doctor involved in this aspect of medicine for 50 years, Cannabis is dangerous and harmful.
It is nor banned and labeled for nothing. Is weed safer than Tylenol? Not in a million years! You've been a doctor for 50 years and you haven't figured out that Cannabis is safe and even beneficial? In the USA there are hundreds of Tylenol overdose deaths annuallyand precisely zero Cannabis overdose deaths. Sure glad you ain't my doctor! As a jew and serious marihuana smoker for 25 yrs. I am pretty sure to be able to tell you in no way it is kosher if not used for medicinal purposes. Only if you are able to uplift it by strenghtening your service could it be regarded as such perhaps the Baal Shem Tov did so to tackle those stories.
Be honest; most just get stoned it hardens your heart like a stone!!! It places a shield between you and HaShem and is the manifestation of Egypt itself for some or more. Chag sameach! Cocoa beans are used to make chocolate. May be you mean coca, a South American plant used for traditional and medical purposes among the people of the Andes, and from which cocaine is made. Put another way, to make the case that marijuana is hallucinogenic in any way, by any measure, then one would have to include as hallucinogens coffee-cake, cream of mushroom soup and orange-juice.
Specifics: cannabis, THC, other cannabinoids, or hallucinogenics bichlal? Please note that Cannabis per se may or may not be hallucinogenic.
It depends on the amount and percentage of THC. The Rebbe's answer refers specifically to recreational hallucinogenics used for "spiritual purposes". I don't know even if the Rebbe is davka talking about that form if cannabis, or hallucinogenics in general.
Cannabis: Medicine, Not Drug Just so you guys know, cannabis was just certified kosher by a leading Orthodox rabbi. Even if it hadn't, cannabis has been shown to help with a number of medical problems including depression, insomnia, epilepsy, obesity, diabetes It's supposed to regulate the disease; not being a diabetic, I don't speak from experience , and cancer, and the fact that it's loads safer than alcohol, pills, heroin, crack, and any other form of drug doesn't hurt its credibility either.
Penny for your thoughts The opinion of the Rebbe It's a problem that makes Chabad incompatible with me personally even though I have no other community. Cannabis has been found in the stomachs of remains of people in the Land of Israel and has been a known medicinal herb from Europe to Asia since ancient times.
Both incense and annointing oil contained large amounts of cannabis according to the common sense etymological understanding of one of the most prominent herbs in those ingredients, kanne bosem. Literally, fragrant herb. Kinna mon for example is sweet bark, also known as Cinnamon and is etymologically the same in Greek, Hebrew, English Spices were international words much like words like 'internet' and 'computer' today.
And everyone knows that incense was always related to the mind. To John You are conflating two issues. In the later you quoted, the Rebbe was not asked for his opinion on smoking. Rather, he was asked why there was no official ban put in place, and his response reflects that. On the other hand, when asked his personal opinion on marijuana use, he gave it.
Marijuana is harmful and addictive This is wrong while excessive use of Marijuana has been shown to be harmful the substance has never been shown to be addictive - that is a common myth Reply.
Kosher Ganja As the discussion proceeds, would-be prohibitionists appear to be on the losing sidesmall wonder when they use prejudiced, spurious, and doctrinaire rationales. A good example cited below is the fallacious leap from qualified use of any substance to absolute prohibition in Halacha. Another fallacy is ascribing toxicity to marijuanaanother spurious, letter-of-the-law argument conveniently ignoring the facts that any substance, even essentials-of-life like water and air, is "toxic" in excess, and that, in the context of all potentially "toxic" substances including water and air , marijuana is located somewhere near the least "toxic" of substances.
It's the straw-men that are absolute here; otherwise: ganja has no known lethal dose how benign it is , and is not related to narcotics to any greater extent than it derives from a plant. Rabbi Posner, your response backing up the Rebbe's smoking letter is inauthentic. The same reasoning about forbidden things could have been used for marijuana. Yet the rebbe made a big deal of something that is less dangerous than cigarettes.
It would go a long way towards the authenticity of Judaism to state the Rebbe erred in his thinking. The Gemara makes mistakes when talking about biological and medical items. It doesn't lessen its greatness in other fields. You come off as naive and cynical in agreeing with a letter that doesn't work intellectually.
Reality Allowing alcohol and claiming that it's somehow different is pure hypocrisy. Abuse of anything is not healthy.
The main issue halachically speaking is legality since "the law of the land is the law". Hopefully soon this ridiculous prohibitionist non-sense will be a thing of the past and anyone who prefers cannabis to alcohol will have that option as our ancestors very probably did. Here's a great tip! Enter your email address to get our weekly email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life. No Thanks. Subscribe Subscribe. Subscribe to Rabbi Y.
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The fellow in the song makes some pretty funny arguments, including the threat of pneumonia, a rationale maybe even the vicious aunt would find acceptable for a couch sleepover. The song has been ripe for role-reversal covers over the years… starting with its point of origin. Maybe not. I look to one of my favorite comics, Jen Kirkman, who has less public patience for even slightly patronizing, let alone predatory, men than any performer I can think of.
If you want to be outraged, be outraged about what the song is actually about — the double standard in regards to sex that women face and how nothing much has changed. And then enjoy the song. But who are you going to believe — an actual dyed-in-the-wool, talking-about-this-stuff-everyday feminist, or nearly all-male program directors and DJs? And hilarious rhyme schemes. But it is important that you tell your doctor or specialist if you are breastfeeding. Some procedures can involve a radioactive substance being injected into your vein that will take a few days to flush out of your body through your urine.
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