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Here’s a new propaganda piece being blasted throughout the Internet, courtesy of Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart, two of the main yentas in the cyberworld today.

According to Israeli “researcher” Benny Shanon, Moses was “high on dope” when he received revelation at Sinai, etc., his buzz apparently derived from eating shittim wood… Amazing revelation, Benny! Who knew?

Humbug. This is a calculated attempt by those who wield a lot of influence in the media to fill the air with more noise and confusion. Look, if Moses was “high” on drugs, it would be even more of a miracle that the LORD God took the people out of Egypt and enabled Moses to write the Torah with such crystalline clarity and beauty… And it would be miraculous indeed that millions of Jews would have been duped by all this for so many centuries, suffering so much for their faith, even to the point of death. And of course, this evil lie also impugns the credibility of Jesus and His redemptive work, since if Moses and the Prophets were all strung out on dope, what reason do we have to see Jesus as the One who fulfills the foreshadowing of their words? Nahrishkeit.

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Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher

High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

“As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don’t believe, or a legend, which I don’t believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics,” Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the “burning bush,” suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

“The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a classic phenomenon,” he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to “see music.”

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil’s Amazon forest in 1991. “I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations,” Shanon said.

He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.

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