Tuesday, February 26, 2019



   by Reb Gutman Locks  


Mich asks:

     Hi there, I'm a 23-year-old truth seeker that loves to explore and find insights especially if it could be beneficial to my spiritual development and my psychological well being. I've been doing research on this chemical called Dimethyltryptamine. People who have taken this report being blasted out of body and having a very deep experiences that transformed and healed them. Me being an Orthodox Jew who is tempted to try this out am concerned about the Jewish perspective here. I couldn't find anything halachic source discouraging this does this mean that it's okay?


Gutman's reply:

     Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is an intense psychedelic. Psychedelics distort. There is no truth in distortion, and this is precisely what such drugs do. Not only do they distort, but even worse, they fool you into thinking that your experience while drugged is the true clarity, and your experiences while not drugged are distorted! They are dangerous and can do harm physically, and mentally. They can put you in a space that can take many years to repair.

     The Jewish goal in life is the revelation of Hashem's Presence. This comes from pleasing Hashem, not from distorting the mind.

Be well



  1. Why in the world would an orthodox Jew think of taking any chemicals or whatever to experience 'highs' or whatever. Hard to even understand when non-believing or uninformed Jews ask such questions, but when an Orthodox Jew who should know some Torah would even contemplate taking 'drugs' of any kind, is quite unusual. Learning Torah and connecting to H' on a high level of learning with heart will bring him to the understanding and meaning of life and to 'understanding' and great heights. People with little hope because they really shut G-D out, seek outside 'help' (chemicals and drugs). This is surely the most confused era in human history.


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