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Purim: To Booze or Not to Booze

How to get really high.

Published: March 15, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 10

(10) Yishai, March 20, 2008 3:30 PM

Did you know...

Goyim drink to forget, Jews drink to remember. Something to think about...

(9) Anonymous, March 19, 2008 5:50 PM

Is Torah not enough...

The best natural high in the world is the Torah. To me, I feel most fulfilled and intoxicated when I am studying the Torah and I learn something new about Hashem. Sure, the wine is great, but, nothing beats how I feel when I am enveloped by a sensation of awe and wonder about our miraculous Maker. This Purim, do some studying and find something you didn't previously know about Hashem that absolutely excites you, then share it with a few people, and get them high on Torah with you.
Hope you all have a safe and fulfilling Purim. Shalom

(8) Nechama, March 19, 2008 9:47 AM

I have heard several Rabbis discuss this subject and the bottom line is: If you know that you behave in a way that is vulgar, shameful or humiliating, don't get drunk! In those cases, it's not a mitzvah.
If you just get silly and your wife or children are embarrassed, ask a Rabbi before Purim. Shalom bayis (family harmony) is a very important subject in Judaism.
As far as how to get "high" is concerned, try helping others, like bringing shaloch monos to children or the elderly in a hospital. Now, that's a real high.
Happy Purim!

(7) Anonymous, March 18, 2008 4:37 PM

a problem not just for children

As a Jew who suffers the disease of addiction, this was a very problmatic issue for me when I entered recovery. I asked my Rabbi, who knew my situation, and he said, when we were commanded to get drunk of Purim, that command was only for those who did not have the disease. One of the many reasons I love my Rabbi. Of course, we are conservative, and that might not sit well with the Orthodox.
And thank you Rabbi for pointing out, alcohol is actually a despresant.

(6) Yossie, March 18, 2008 3:56 PM

Mitzvah, or just alcoholism.

A lot of people say that it is a Mitzvah to get so drunk, that one does NOT know the difference between Haman and Mordechai. Strictly speaking, that may be the Halacha. I say, that we should first make sure that keep all the other Mitzvahs, that are less dangerous. For example, show up to Shule on time, Daven with a Minyan, etc, etc. If a person did ALL of the 613 Mitzvahs, (except for those that we cannot perform because we do not have the Bais Hamikdosh) and the only one that he is missing is getting drunk on Purim, then please get in touch with me, and I will watch you every second on Purim, so you can get drunk.

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