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Shoshie - is this true??

I was just talking to a coworker and I mentioned that I forgot all about Purim last year (I converted you know, so these things are not drilled into my brain quite yet.)  He told me that I'll never forget again because we are "commanded by Rabbinic law to get so f'in drunk we can't tell the good guys from the bad guys."  Is that true???  I thought it was mostly for kiddos......
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Re: Shoshie - is this true??

  • Yup --

    that's part of the fun!

    Although lately there has been a big crackdown on drinking among young people -- and some rabbis worry that it is getting out of control. 

     This article explains it:

    Perhaps one of the more fascinating aspects of our religion is the strange requirement that obligates men to get drunk on Purim. Mostly we think that religion preaches self restraint and "clean cut, healthy family" type living. Well, obviously, Judaism is for all that, but, it also includes this one "let's blow it" type of holiday that traces it's origins to the Talmud.

    The Rabbis of the Talmud said, "A person is obligated to drink on Purim until he can no longer distinguish between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordachai." This statement of the early rabbis who lived during the Talmud (about 1700-1800 years ago) had caused much concern by the later rabbis who concerned themselves with the codification of Jewish law (about 1000 years ago until today). (Exactly what the position of the rabbis in the period in between was can only been assumed that it did not bother them.)

     

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  • Woo hoo!  Can't wait for Purim! 

    Drinks

    Drinks

    ::::uh oh!! what if I'm pregnant this year??  Damn!  why wasn't this mentioned in my judaism class?  we went over all the holidays.....:::::

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  • image MrsAxilla:

    ::::uh oh!! what if I'm pregnant this year??  Damn!  why wasn't this mentioned in my judaism class?  we went over all the holidays.....:::::

    Probably because on the Jewish holiday importance ladder, Purim ranks right around Chanukah -- somewhere near the bottom-third :)

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