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“Do Orthodox Jews use drugs? Absolutely.”

Iran’s vice president owes this man some money

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Iran's vice president, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, left. (Flickr/Presidencia de la Republica de Ecuador)

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” said Iran’s vice president, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”

That was part of Rahimi’s long, anti-Semitic screed at an international drug conference in New York on Tuesday, wherein he also claimed “Zionists” (a term Iran uses for Israelis and their Jewish supporters abroad) ordered gynecologists to kill black babies and that the Russian Revolution of 1917 was started by Jews. The speech has been widely denounced, including by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who compared Iran to Hitler’s Germany. Alun Jones, spokesman for the Vienna-based United Nations Office, shot back that not only is the drug trade “motivated by business and profit,” rather than religion, but that “drug addiction is a health challenge which affects all people, of all kinds, of all race, of all creed.”

There’s no one who knows that better than Joe Levin, who treats Orthodox Jews for drug addiction on a regular basis in New York City.

“I don’t know about Zionist, but do Orthodox Jews use drugs? Absolutely,” says Levin, who runs a rehabilitation center through his consulting company TOT, in a phone conversation this morning. “Unfortunately people are willing to talk about sex abuse and molestation, but everybody is closing their eyes on drugs.”

After a long pause, Levin said there had been more than ten overdoses in the New York Jewish Orthodox community recently, and that many Orthodox Jews frequent clubs where they gamble and take drugs two or three times a week. As vile as Rahimi’s comments were, the dearth of “Zionist” addicts in the public eye is deliberate, according to Levin.

“No one even brings it to the public or discusses it. It’s something very under-the-rug….deep, deep, deep.”

Looks like Rahimi owes Levin some money.

Iran’s vice-president makes anti-Semitic speech at forum [New York Times]
UN denounces anti-Semitic remarks from Iran official [Reuters]

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Maybe he’s referrring to perfect Tzadikim. They don’t use drugs. The rest of us, well we are as prone to chronic pain, depression and anxiety as any other population and sadly, many folks self medicate with illegal drugs.

by the way there are some wonderful Orthodox rabbis who support their congregants in recovery and the Jewish recovery support network, Jacs (Jewish Alchoholics, chemical dependants and significant others) is an Orthodox initiative, founded by Hassidic addictions specialist Rabbi Abe Twersky and Jacs events attract many Orthodox Jews who are looking for a way out of addiction.

leoBr says:

“This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”

Does he imply that fundamental Muslim fanatics, including Khomeini, all hooked on drugs, which is the best proof of their non-involvement in drugs trade?

    As much as I loathe Marx and everything he stood for, “Religion is the opiate of the masses” could have been written about Khomeini and his followers. Although LSD would have been more accurate (but that was only discovered, by chance, a century later)

did anyone notice that Afghanistan is responsible for 90% of the worlds heroin?

mahatmacoatmabag says:

with the extremist ultra orthodox – religion is trully the opium of the masses !

Levin is wrong; people (in the Orthodox community) aren’t any more willing to talk about sex abuse or molestation than drug abuse. They’re all issues that are pushed “under the rug”, as he puts it.


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