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From Rabbi's Shtender - The Connection Between Purim and Drinking Alcohol

Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday that is celebrated annually on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. This year we will celebrate on Monday evening March 6 and Tuesday March 7th. In addition to reading the Book of Esther and handing out gift packages, another tradition on Purim is the consumption of alcohol, known as "Purimselichot."

The tradition of drinking on Purim is rooted in the biblical book of Esther, where King Ahasuerus holds a feast for the Jews and orders for wine to be served in abundance. Additionally, the Talmud states that it is a mitzvah to drink on Purim until one cannot distinguish between the phrases "cursed be Haman" and "blessed be Mordechai," the two main characters in the Purim story.

The drinking of alcohol on Purim is not just an act of revelry, but also a way to commemorate the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman's plot to exterminate them. By drinking, Jews celebrate their freedom and the defeat of their enemies.

However, it is important to note that the consumption of alcohol should be done responsibly. Overindulgence in alcohol can lead to negative consequences and can detract from the true spirit of the holiday. Many communities have established guidelines and programs to encourage responsible drinking on Purim.

This year to help us in the responsible consumption of alcohol on Purim, we have invited Marc Suciu the owner of The Cask, to come to MKT for a beer tasting after the Megillah reading. We will learn about some of the craft beers popular today. Click here if you'd like to sign up.


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