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A Very Forward Guide To Weed — In Honor Of 420

As we approach the eve of the holy holiday of 4/20, we wanted to take a moment to mark this auspicious occasion.

Because marijuana is a central part of Jewish life — in fact, it always has been, as Madison Margolin writes, all the way from ancient Israel to the shtetl. Jews relate to this magical green plant in all kinds of ways: Some believe its legalization is a religious cause, some Orthodox rabbis are certifying it as kosher, and some are figuring out innovative ways to cook traditional Jewish dishes with it at home.

However you connect to it — we wish you a happy 420, happy Weed Day, and happy reading, too!

Blaze it, my fellow Forward readers!

Shira Feder is a writer for the Forward. Talk to her about smoking up a honk of the ol’ j-bird at




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