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(24) Anonymous, February 5, 2012 6:39 AM

Drinking has become a disease sanctioned by the frum community

I absolutely agree. Drinking has become a major problem in the frum community that needs to be addressed. It appears to be sanctioned by the frum Jews who use the word "l'chaim" to justify the intake. Kiddush clubs in shuls abound, and even in those blessed shuls that have thankfully become "dry", the men have found ways to establish kiddush clubs in their various homes. And what about vorts and tisches. All centered around "l'chaims" and alcohol. Talk about a perversion of the word "to life." I know Hashem did not have this in mind. All it is is a religious looking bar on the West Side (disguised as a shul, simcha etc.). I am sick to my stomach over this. And all the kids are watching their parents and continuing in this "l'chaim" (really l'liver disease etc) in their youth and adulthood. I would love to galvanize the rabbinic figures to put the alcohol away and find a way to be "b'simcha" WITHOUT scotch and whisky. ESPECIALLY the chassidic sect...

(23) Anonymous, January 31, 2012 4:04 PM

A 13 year old boy at my shul almost needed his stomach pumped last Simchas Torah from drinking at a kiddush. This is not ok.

(22) Brenda, January 26, 2012 2:00 AM

My daughter is always the designated driver because she never drinks but

...shethinks that binge drinking is something that college kids do. It just no big deal.. Very scary!

(21) Suzanne, January 22, 2012 3:38 PM

Excellent message

Thanks, rabbi, for addressing this as it IS a very serious problem. I have begged my kids (who are of legal drinking age) to please stop after having just a little. I also suggest (that if they are in a social situation where everyone is drinking) to order or have sodas instead of another alcoholic drink. It will slow down their alcohol consumption in a given time or better yet, stop it altogether in that given situation. Most people can't drink too much at all before it becomes dangerous.

(20) rebecca, January 22, 2012 12:43 AM

Thank you for addressing this issue. It is indeed a problem, especially among our young male (teen/young adult) population. Part of the problem is the inflexiblity of the Yeshiva world who continue to pressure these kids to sit and learn Gemarah for hours on end, for as many years as they can, without giving them the opportunity for extra curricular activities of choice. Even Yeshivas in Israel, geared for the "At Risk" youth, promote this kind of ridiculous curriculum and "look the other way" when the kids use "drinking" and "smoking" as an outlet. Apparently these things are "accepted" while promoting things like regularly daily exercise at the gym is not. The other big elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about is the huge increase in the psychiatric drugging of our kids in the Orthodox community who can't meet the stringent standards of the Yeshiva curriculum and are made to feel like second class citizens as a result. The psychiatric establishment has failed these kids by labeling them and drugging them instead of providing them with normal alternatives. Many of the kids who have developed drinking and other substance abuse problems started off on drugs like Ritalin and Concerta and/or Prozac. What kind of message are we sending our youth when we promote drugs such as this and then tell them they should stay away from drugs and alcohol! It is time to change the system!

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