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  1. Am hoping folks will be coming to OCCUPY – here in Philly starting June 30th. Come & be energized!

    Marlena Santoyo

  2. Hello. I’m Yoseph Leib, I published a book called Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs. The first 1000 copy print run sold out, and so I’m doing a new print run with Autonomedia, touring the U.S. for a bit this Fall, on the East Coast for September and perhaps early October. If you’d like to host a spoken word performance for this book and it’s author, let us know. Here’s the extended blurb:

    “An enthusiastic and interesting excursion into the psychedelic
    fringes of hasidic culture.”

    Alan Moore

    “Here’s this emerging genius dude who has a big and growing following in
    real life and online – this guy who makes Judaism new and real again,
    who digs deep into the Chassidic tradition for its deeply stoned
    truths. A Jewish Terence McKenna, mining the Torah’s hidden landscape…”

    Douglas Rushkoff

    Cannabis Chassidis:
    The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs (A Memoir)

    “Some years ago, I came to Jerusalem,
    just out of high school,
    looking for an authentic religious tradition
    for how to smoke marijuana
    …rightly, helpfully, more effectively
    and more meaningfully.

    What I found additionally and instead
    was a living culture, wrestling with the mystery
    of how to incorporate the exctatic; and the
    mystery of the causes for it’s repression,
    along with alot of brilliant guidance and terrible truths about the
    nature of religion, law, idealism and drugs.

    Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs (A memoir)
    details the question and it’s exploration: How could it be that
    something as inherent to modern life as Marijuana, something with a
    rich history of human usage, has no tradition in Torah, a guidance
    system that I was raised to understand as encompassing everything good
    that one should know? There are answers for what IS there in the
    tradition, rich allusions to herbs and smokes used in different
    capacitities, and the more interesting answers and questions are about
    what there isn’t in the tradition, and why.

    And along the way, the spectrum of an experience of living mystical
    subculture is explored, and the romantic idealization and redemptive
    potential of both Psychedelia and Religion are touched and felt
    deeply, in the context of outstanding communities and individuals who
    have experienced the glories and the failures of both.

    Yoseph Leib travels and studies throughout Jerusalem, New York, and
    Rainbow Country U.S.A, in search of guidance about how Cannabis and
    psychedelics have and have not been used in both ancient and emerging
    Hassidic traditions, and what the way we have related to our desires
    for medicines, gods, and intoxicants can teach us about how we relate
    to ourselves, our community, and our G-d. The glorious problem of how
    what we can learn can set us free, in all kinds of ways.

    Why was wine sacramentalized in Judaism and Christianity, and not
    marijuana? A young Orthodox Jew, touched and inspired by the reefer,
    goes to Jerusalem to explore the mystery: What happened to Cannabis in
    the Jewish religion? How could it be that a religious tradition (Torah)
    claiming to have all guidance for all situations and the smartest,
    rightest way to enjoy all pleasures never had to deal with the oldest
    and safest drugs in human circulation? No way!

    The surprising answers he learns along the way during his seven years
    spent studying about both ancient, classical, modern and Chassidic
    Jewish secret history shed light not only on the mystery of drug
    prohibition and counter culture, but also on the whole nature of
    religion-as-a-drug, and the unacknowledgeable meaning of the G-d
    language in a secular world. It is a rare look at Jerusalem’s
    underground mystical subculture and the ideas and conflicts struggled
    with therein, regarding Judaism, Israel, Law, and righteous crime. The
    legacy of the hippies vs. the great war for control, and the tragic
    nature of the sacred lie that lets us stay religious in the face of an
    ever more diverse and cynically demanding visible reality. Lives and
    souls are changed, and bodies healed and restored to life, as questions
    are wrestled with: Is it self-indulgence, or is it medicine? When, and
    how? Can I make my religion, my narcotic helpful, or am I just
    endlessly justifying a useless sacred lie?

    Written over a four year period, back and forth between Israel,
    Brooklyn, and California, it features encounters and testaments from
    the most important theologians, sages, and scholars I could find,
    secular as well as religious, secret as well as revealed. It is a
    narrative exploration that tries to explore and explain the radical and
    conservative nature and diversity of the Chassidic revolution in
    Judaism, as a paradigm for dealing with the wonderful addictions to
    mysticisms, dogmas, and other drugs that keep recurring in every
    over-civilized religion. There is a reason why religions developed as
    they did, as monstrous tools of vulgar, often context-lacking dogmatic
    rule, despite every successful heresy that tries to restore focus to
    some truer purpose, some righter priority, before collapsing back into
    blanket industrial instructions for memorizing and Obeying. And there
    is something of the secret nature of Christianity, Islam, and American
    law built into the heart of Judaism, into the way we got into this
    civilized mess; something that starts with the end of nature and the
    aspiration towards Life Eternal, without Fear.

  3. Dear Robin’s,

    Hoping you’ll host award-winning writer Ted Kerasote on Tuesday, February 12, when he’s in Philly to promote his latest, PUKKA’S PROMISE. When Ted began his search for a new dog after the death of his beloved Merle, he learned much about the lifespan of dogs: small dogs live longer than big ones, mixed-breed dogs live longer than purebred dogs, and breeding “glamorous and fashionable” dogs has resulted in a variety of health problems for them. But why? Why do we lose our pets so young? And what can we do to help them live longer, healthier lives? These are the questions Kerasote tackles in the book, and he can share what he discovered from 5 years of research and several interviews with scientists, breeders, vets, and leaders in the animal-welfare movement.

    Ted, whose books include the national bestseller Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Out There, which won the National Outdoor Book Award, is a passionate, eloquent advocate for the humane treatment of animals. His website showcases several sample interviews, slideshows, and more information on his work:

    Please let me know of your interest—fingers crossed!


  4. Hi! My name is Erin Owen and I’m a local author who lives in Northern Liberties. Do you by chance do any local author events? I’m speaking at a variety of locations around the greater Philadelphia and southern NJ area, and LOVE bookstores. I look forward to talking about any possibilities or receiving any suggestions you might have!
    Best wishes, Erin Owen, 215-771-8968
    P.S. You can download a free chapter of my new book at

  5. I was wondering if and when you have upcoming poetry / book readings scheduled. This as a gift to my wife’s upcoming birthday. Thanks. Peter

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