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Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
(As for trying DMT, I definitely wouldn't look at it as a religious experience, but certainly a discovery experience, possibly spiritual.
It definitely sounds exciting, perhaps scary, and definitely crazy. Seems like most of the people here are staunchly against it, but I'm sure that we're all curious to hear your experiences if you do try it. That'll make for some TR.)

I spent some time in the Amazon Jungle last year and was seriously considering writing a TR but I feel a big part of the audience here is not 'conscious' enough to hear me out.

As a side note, I met a (semi famous) Native Indian Chief who told me that he led a peyote ceremony for a 'group of rabbis' from LA...

December 31, 2019, 07:40:19 AM
Re: How to contact Dan? Very disturbing incident on Dansdeals social media
Still doesn't explain why it went for so long.

I would have probably blocked the person after the first or second message.

If someone were to send me a message "Hi" and nothing else, I would either check their profile to see if it's someone I know, or ignore.

After the second message of "Just a guy looking for a conversation" it would be an outright block. I have no interest in playing detective and trying to catch predators.

this confirms something i have always suspected! me and you must be different people!

January 09, 2020, 01:45:06 PM
Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha

This is my first post to your great forum. I would like to weigh in regarding the discussion of DMT (and other psychedelics) and Judaism

My name is Rick Strassman, and I live in New Mexico. I'm a psychiatrist, having got my M.D. at Albert Einstein in the Bronx, and psychiatric training in California and New Mexico.

While at the University of New Mexico, I ran the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in a generation, from 1990 to 1995. We focused on DMT. This was because DMT is made in human body and I thought it might be involved with naturally occurring nondrug, altered states of consciousness--including ones considered spiritual, religious, or mystical. I believed the pineal gland might be involved, and sketched out a relevant scenario. My first book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule came out in 2001 and describes that research.

I was raised Conservative, but took a long detour through Zen Buddhism, over 20 years, and that was the spiritual perspective I brought to bear in my studies. It turned out to not be an especially useful spiritual model, though.

I began studying Tanakh searching for a better understanding of my findings, and found that the DMT effect and the prophetic experience shared phenomenological features. What Rambam would perhaps describe as shared imaginative contents. However, the information or knowledge that people in my study received and communicated was not of a religious character.

I wrote a book about my analysis of the DMT state through the lens of Torah: DMT and the Soul of Prophecy. In it, I suggest that the imaginative contents of prophecy may be biologically mediated by elevated endogenous DMT, but the resemblance between prophetic experience is only superficial, not substantive.

On the other hand, carefully supervised sessions combining Torah study, etc. with a psychedelic drug--in order to increase one's imaginative strength--may turn out to have some benefit.
Holy Heavens! We have the real Dr. Strassman in the forums with us??? I am simply star struck!
There is so much I want to learn from you, I wish I could spend a shabbat with you somehow.

January 13, 2020, 07:26:41 AM
Famous people who post on DDF

January 13, 2020, 09:10:37 AM
Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
1. Why do I get the feeling that OP had a Taavah and is trying to use Avodas Hashem as an excuse to justify it?

Because that's what we're trained to think about any divergence from standard orthodox views

Two additional posts in this thread, are from other first time posters who are supposedly subject matter experts on the topic writing in support of the OP. Highly suspicious in my eyes.

That's quite an accusation, can anyone prove that they're real? It would be a letdown to discover that an expert on the forum is actually not who he says he is.

January 16, 2020, 09:45:52 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
It's a poem not a picture but since there's no thread for poems I put it here (and here), ironically it's a poem about a picture

Someone tell the author the picture is just to see if she's pretty

February 11, 2020, 12:27:58 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
Legit spit take
To be fair though, I think if girls have to give a picture, guys should have to turn over their browsing history.

February 11, 2020, 12:53:32 AM
Re: Internet Filters
Since they're latest update I've had several issues.
-Not receiving notifications when connected to wifi

- websites that have been previously allowed, suddenly get blocked.

-required vpn to be activated in order for to download media in whatsapp , but doesn't always work.

**These are issues that I have personally.  Not necessarily are these for everyone using gentech**
I don't think there are any good filters that'll not have problems like that. Maybe when techloq makes an android/apple version.

October 09, 2020, 02:49:03 PM
Re: Random Posts For Non-Meshugeners
Elon Musk made $25,000,000,000 yesterday.

What did you do?
I learned Torah.

March 10, 2021, 11:04:09 AM
Re: Lakewood Rabbonim Ban Use and Sale of Marijuana and Related Products I'm going to leave it at this:

There are religious arguments to be made for or against the recreational use of a number of substances. There are health arguments to be made for or against those same substances. Sometimes, they overlap, but for the most part, they are two distinct issues. Most of the arguments here are making an incoherent cholent out of the two.

From a medical perspective, consuming marijuana is safer than consuming cigarettes, alcohol, and most mood-altering substances. It is also less chemically addictive than cigarettes, alcohol, and most mood-altering substances. Like other things, the danger is greater when it is consumed by younger people whose brains have not fully developed. How safe it is for any individual will depend on that person. It CAN be used as a gateway drug, but it is not inherently a gateway drug.

From a religious perspective, it can be classified among a myriad of things which could possibly distract from Avodas Hashem. IMO, there is nothing about marijuana that makes it rank higher than most of those other things, many of which are accepted mainstays in our lives. Further, it is my opinion that a KK like this one, where anyone who uses marijuana is deemed an oisvarf, does much more harm than good to the respect our young people will have towards the Rabbonus in general. When something that is relatively minor gets this much attention and extreme overreaction, while greater dangers are ignored, people stop taking the signatories seriously. The lack of nuance is, unfortunately, not surprised and is already expected.

(As an aside, my personal opinion is that the lack of nuance in general in our communities is the source of most of our "crises.")

March 16, 2021, 01:42:01 PM
Re: Lakewood Rabbonim Ban Use and Sale of Marijuana and Related Products (Disappointed there's no reference to the בורא עולם in the kk.)
March 16, 2021, 02:21:22 PM
Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread Most shidduchim that are redt are anyway based on very superficial things.
May 05, 2021, 05:07:37 PM