As we prepare to celebrate Purim, a festival of merriment and joy, many Jews will be celebrating by reading from the M’gillah (Book of Esther), wearing costumes, giving gifts, and enjoying festive food and drink together. In fact, we are commanded to eat and drink until we “can no longer distinguish between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordecai."
This demand is atypical; inebriation is not usually commanded or religiously mandated. Why, on Purim, are we asked to intoxicate ourselves to the point where the line between good and evil is blurred? Is this a safe or reasonable thing to do?... Read More