Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Hebrew: בנימין בית-הלחמי) is an Israeli professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel. In 1970 Beit-Hallahmi received a PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.
Views on use of "apostasy" as applied to cults/NRMs 
Beit-Hallahmi argues that academic supporters of New religious movements are engaged in a rhetoric of advocacy, apologetics and propaganda, and writes that in the cases of cult catastrophes such as Peoples Temple, or Heaven's Gate, accounts by hostile outsiders and detractors have been closer to reality than other accounts, and that in that context statements by ex-members turned out to be more accurate than those of offered by apologists and NRM researchers.
DIMPAC review 
He was one of the two outside reviewers of the APA taskforce on Deceptive and Indirect Techniques of Persuasion and Control report. The rejection memo was accompanied by two letters from external advisers to the APA that reviewed the report (the internal review of the APA was not made public). The letter from Beit-Hallahmi stated amongst other comments that "lacking psychological theory, the report resorts to sensationalism in the style of certain tabloids" and that "the term 'brainwashing' is not a recognized theoretical concept, and is just a sensationalist 'explanation' more suitable to 'cultists' and revival preachers. It should not be used by psychologists, since it does not explain anything", and asked that the report should not be made public.
- Psychoanalysis and religion: A bibliography, Norwood Editions, 1978
- Israeli Connection, 1982, ISBN 0-394-55922-3
- Prolegomena to the Psychological Study of Religion, 1989, ISBN 0-8387-5159-8
- Despair and Deliverance: Private Salvation in Contemporary Israel, 1992, ISBN 0-394-55922-3
- The Annotated Dictionary of Modern Religious Movements, 1994, ISBN 0-7172-7273-7
- Religion, Psychopathology And Coping.(International Series in the Psychology of Religion 4), 1996, Rodopi Bv Editions, ISBN 90-420-0101-1
- Psychoanalytic Studies of Religion : A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography, 1996, ISBN 0-313-27362-6
- The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience, 1997, w/ Michael Argyle, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-12331-3
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Active New Religions, Sects, and Cults, 1997, ISBN 0-8239-1505-0
- Original Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel, 1998, ISBN 1-56656-130-2
- Misunderstanding cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field, Contributor
- Old Identities and New Religions in Israel, Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture, Volume 1: Issue 2-3,
- Scientology: Religion or racket?, 2003, Marburg Journal of Religion, Volume 8, No. 1 
- Dear Colleagues: Integrity and Suspicion in NRM Research, presented at the 1997 annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
See also 
External links 
- Beit-Hallahmi, B.Scientology: Religion or racket?, Marburg Journal of Religion, 8, September 2003.
- Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi,Michael Argyle, The psychology of religious behaviour, belief and experience, Google Books
- Michael Argyle,Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, The social psychology of religion, Google Books
- Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Psychoanalytic studies of religion: a critical assessment and annotated Bibliography, Google Books
- Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Despair and deliverance: private salvation in contemporary Israel, Google Books
- Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, The Israeli connection: whom Israel arms and why, Google Books
- (Editors) Zvi Sobel, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Tradition, innovation, conflict: Jewishness and Judaism in contemporary Israel, Google Books
- John Bunzl,Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Editors), Psychoanalysis, identity, and ideology: critical essays on the Israel, Google Books