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Feeling Stressed About The High Holy Days? Try ‘Religious Reefer’

When you’re feeling the strain of planning a break-the-fast for 50, try a strain of Religious Reefer. A new humor video from LA comic Benny Spiewak imagines a brand of weed called “religious reefer” (technical term, “besamim”), to get you through the holiday season. The yamim noraim have never been this awesome.

Whether it’s a subtle vape (which can double as a yad!) or getting crossfaded with Manischewitz and the “Bud Mitzvah” strain of besamim, a reduced short-term memory and appetite for carbs is a great way to get through this season of forgiveness and family time.

Religious Reefer! Atone stoned.

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny




    50th meeting of the Yiddish Open Mic Cafe

    Hybrid event in London and online.

    Aug 14, 2022

    1:30 pm ET · 

    Join audiences and participants from across the globe for this live celebration of Yiddish songs, poems, jokes, stories, games, serious and funny - all performed in Yiddish with English translation.

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