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Wheel of Wisdom featuring Mordechai Walder, MSc

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:30pm (Live and on Zoom)

Mordechai Walder, MSc is passionate about the study of psychedelics because of their promise to revolutionize mental health treatment, as well their capacity to elucidate the mystical experience. After growing up in Chicago, he studied at Yeshivat Hakotel in the Old City of Jerusalem. From there, he earned a BA in Chemistry from Yeshiva University and a MSc in Systems Biology from Northwestern University, where his research focused on the computational modeling and analysis of protein-protein interactions and large-scale transcriptomic data / cellular signaling networks, respectively. Since graduating, he has shifted his research to the field of psychoactive substances, with a focus on psychedelic compounds in particular. Mordechai’s current work focuses on advancing psychedelic therapy as a treatment for mental health conditions through clinical research, philanthropic endeavors, and investment in corporate ventures.

Psychedelics & Judaism Description: 

Psychedelics have reentered the zeitgeist in the last couple decades (especially so in the last five years) following a thirty-year ban on research. One core aspect ubiquitously reported by individuals who have taken a psychedelic is that it is one of the five most mystical or spiritual experiences of their lives. How can the psychedelic experience be understood in the context of our Jewish religion, which is deeply rooted in mysticism and spirituality.
Mordechai’s talk will address a variety of topics, including: 
– What exactly are psychedelics?
– What is the history of psychedelics, and how has our understanding of them evolved over time?
– Why is there such hype around psychedelics, and is it overblown?
– What are the clinical applications and implications of psychedelics?
– How does Jewish mysticism relate to the mystical psychedelic experience?
– How can psychedelics be safely and honorably incorporated into modern Jewish practice?

Join us live at L’Chaim Center. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Class begins at 7:30 pm.


Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 492-377-4031


July 25, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Events Category:
Bari Cohen