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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan presents a new exhibit on Jews and Cannabis

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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research/Jon Kalish
Clarinetist Mezz Mezrow was credited as being Louis Armstrong’s weed dealer:

A new exhibit on Jews and Cannabis is up at at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan. A standing room only crowd turned out on the opening night, among them WBGO’s Jon Kalish who filed this feature for the WBGO Journal.

Mentioned in the Bible and discussed in numerous traditional texts, cannabis has long been a part of Jewish life. For millennia, Jews have been buying, selling, and using cannabis for religious and medicinal purposes and as an intoxicant. The opening of YIVO’s latest exhibit, Am Yisrael High: The Story of Jews and Cannabis, featured a panel discussion moderated by Eddy Portnoy, who will provide a brief overview of the relationship between Jews and cannabis. He then moderated a discussion with Ed Rosenthal, Adriana Kertzer, Rabbi/Dr. Yosef Glassman, and Madison Margolin. Their discussion considered the many connections of the Jews to cannabis – religious and spiritual, historical, scientific, and more.

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