This list is intended for those exploring transcendental experiences through religion and psychedelic sacrament with an emphasis on Jewish Kabbalah. It was compiled by Rabbi Benjamin Gorelick through combing through many online Jewish resources, syllabi for psychedelic-therapy programs, transpersonal psychology courses, and general lists of materials about psychedelics using cross-references and intuition to settle on what I feel to be among the best resources on each topic.

Further sources are listed in the appendix.

I have links to articles wherever they are publicly available. Those that I could not find are marked by two (**) while those that I found through private access are are marked by one (*). 


Ellens, J. H. (2014). Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances: Chemical Paths to Spirituality and to God [2 volumes]: Chemical Paths to Spirituality and to God. ABC-CLIO.

Pollan, M. (2018). How to change your mind: What the new science of psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression, and transcendence. Penguin.

Nonclinical Psychedelic Experiences 


Grof, S. (2009). When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in non-ordinary realities.

Hayes, C. (2000). Tripping: An anthology of true-life psychedelic adventures. Penguin.

Consciousness Studies


Bourzat, F., & Hunter, K. (2019). Consciousness medicine: Indigenous wisdom, entheogens, and expanded states of consciousness for healing and growth. North Atlantic Books.

Psychology and Religion, vis-à-vis Psychedelics


Muraresku, B. C. (2020). The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name. St. Martin’s Press.

Richards, W. A. (2015). Sacred knowledge: Psychedelics and religious experiences. Columbia University Press.


ThinkingAllowedTV. (2017). Huston Smith (1919-2016): Psychology of Religious Experience, Thinking Allowed w/ Jeffrey Mishlove [Video]. YouTube.


Allen, J., & Sihanont, P. (Eds.). (2020). Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies Vol. X. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). 

Pahnke, W. N. (1966). Drugs and mysticism. The International Journal of Parapsychology, VIII(2), 295–313.

*Richards, W. A. (2008). The phenomenology and potential religious import of states of consciousness facilitated by psilocybin. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 30(1), 189–200.×317196 

Kabbalah, Judaism, and Mysticism


Green, A. (2004). Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for tomorrow. Jewish Lights Publishing.

Green, A. (2010). Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and tradition. Yale University Press.

Matt, D. C. (2010). The Essential Kabbalah: The heart of Jewish mysticism. Harper Collins.

Melchizedek, D. (2012). Living in the heart. Light Technology Publishing.

Michaelson, J. (2009). Everything is God: The radical path of nondual Judaism. Shambhala Publications.

Regardie, I. (1998). The Middle Pillar: The balance between mind and magic. Llewellyn Worldwide.

Rudd, R. (2013). The Gene Keys: Embracing your higher purpose. Watkins Media Limited.

Scribe, H. S. (2008). A Course in Miracles: Combined volume. Foundation for Inner Peace.

Silva, M. (2021). Kabbalah: A guide to Qabalah, Jewish mysticism, Sefer Yetzirah, Zohar, and Sefer Ha-Bahir. 

Tzadok, A. B. (2020). The Evolution of God: Experiencing the fractal Sefirot of the Kabbalah. 

Williamson, M. (1992). A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles.” HarperOne.

Psychedelics and Judaism


Harari, Y. (2017). Jewish magic before the rise of Kabbalah. Wayne State University Press.

Heinrich, C. (2002). Magic mushrooms in religion and alchemy. Inner Traditions / Bear & Co.

Hellner-Eshed, M. (2009). A river flows from Eden: The language of mystical experience in the Zohar. Stanford University Press.

**Merkur, D. (2001). The Psychedelic Sacrament: Manna, meditations, and mystical experience. Inner Traditions / Bear & Co.

Römer, T. (2015). The Invention of God. Harvard University Press.


*Nemu, D. (2019). Getting high with the most high: Entheogens in the Old Testament. Journal of Psychedelic Studies, 3(2), 117–132. 

Hoffman, M. A. (2019). Entheogens (psychedelic drugs) and the ancient mystery religions. In Toxicology in Antiquity (pp. 353–362). Elsevier.


Cooke, J. (2020, December 2). Living Mirrors with Dr. James Cooke: Ep. 27: Rabbi Zac Kamenetz on Jewish mysticism & the value of psychedelics. [Audio podcast episode]. 

Ullman, R. (2021, April 9). The Study: Ep. 26: Shmini – Psychedelics & Judaism feat. Zac Kamenetz [Audio podcast episode]. Apple Podcasts. 


Halachic prayer for the ingesting of mushrooms. Ritualwell. 

Cooke, J. (2021, January 12). Psychedelics and judaism: A history of Jewish mysticism. Benzinga (originally published on Reality Sandwich). 

Indigenous Practices with Entheogens


Harris, R. (2017). Listening to Ayahuasca: New hope for depression, addiction, PTSD, and anxiety. New World Library.


**Calabrese, J. (1997). Spiritual Healing and Human Development in the Native American Church: Toward a Cultural Psychiatry of Peyote. The Psychoanalytic Review, 84, 237–255.