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Why Do We Drink on Purim?


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Drinking on Purim is based on a Talmudic statement that it is a mitzvah to enjoy and celebrate on Purim. It is not a mitzvah to drink so much that we act in a non G-dly manner. However, we do drink more than usual on Purim. This is based on a number of reasons, such as the idea that “the wine is drunk, the secrets are revealed” and since Purim is all about the inner aspects of our love for Judaism and G-d being revealed, we drink more wine than usual.

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Originally from London, England, Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff graduated with honors in political science from Manchester University. After working for MTV in news production, and moonlighting as a stand-up comedian, he traveled to study in Israel and then Monsey to receive his rabbinical smicha from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach. Rabbi Lawrence is available for speaking engagements, just email us at info@joyofkosher.com to reach him. Rabbi Lawrence works for Birthright Israel in New York as their educational director, leading trips to Israel three times annually for young professionals. He also serves on the faculty of Stern College for Women in the Judaic Studies department. He lives in Monsey New York with his wife Anita and their five children. For more about Rabbi Lawrence click on these links - jeconline The Jewish Home: Where Kindness Begins Health and Healing in Judaism" on eating right A video on Tisha be'av...really on Shalom Bayit My book "Jew Got Questions" is now available!

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