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Saying Purim Torah, funny (or unfunny) puns based off a misreading of a verse, is an age old tradition in the spirit of Mishenichnas Adar Marbin Besimcha. However, the Gemara in Sanhedrin 99b states:

המגלה פנים בתורה שלא כהלכה אין לו חלק לעולם

He who interprets torah not like the Halacha has no share in the world to come.

Thus I ask, what is the basis for saying over Divrei Torah that are clearly off the mark in its interpretation?

Furthermore, I found that Rav Ovadia Yosef in his Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Volume 1, 684:17), speaking about the age old practice in yeshivos to appoint a Purim Rav1, excoriates this practice as being a Bizui Talmidei Chachachim - a tremendous disrespect of Torah Scholars.

Is there a blanket license on Purim for these types of practices like we find in the Rema Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chaim 696:8 that men are allowed to wear womens clothing on purim, or unintended damages during the seuda Rema (695:2)?


1. Rav Moshe Heineman, a talmid of Rav Ahron Kotler, was for many years the Purim Rav in Lakewood.

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    Fascinating. I've always understood it that "magaleh panim shelo kehalacha" was a zaken mamrei type concept - someone actively teaching in all seriousness that "The Torah says/wants us to do X" when the halacha is Y. Otherwise, you can loose your Olam Haba by accidentally making a bad D'var Torah? Seems unduly harsh. It would only make sense of the person was "ra'uy lehora'ah" like in Zaken Mamrei, and the audience takes him seriously. All things that don't apply to our lay-person Purim Torah. Feb 20, 2015 at 12:21
  • @IsaacKotlicky i once heard from a student of Rav Baruch Ber that before he gave shiur he would daven with intensity that he shouldnt be over on the issur of Megaleh Panim Batorah- i dont think Rav Baruch Ber was purposely trying to teach something antithetical to the pshat. but that could be an aswer, and you may enter it as such Feb 20, 2015 at 12:27
  • Well, there's the common prayer mentioned in the gemara about what to say when beginning to learn, part of it appears to include just such a sentiment - that one not unintentionally mix up the halacha. In Rav Baruch Ber's case, a major concern would include being machti es harabim, which is very much related to our megaleh panim question, but similarly would only apply to one who is in a position of hora'ah. Feb 20, 2015 at 12:37
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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6306/…
    – Isaac Moses
    Feb 20, 2015 at 14:29
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    Nafkamina, great question, with great sources! Please try to avoid including pictures of text. In this case, you already paraphrased the relevant part, so I just took out the picture. If you need to quote a large part of text, please blockquote (using a > as I did for your Talmud quotation) and paste the text in. That'll make it a great deal easier for people to read, search, and interact with the text.
    – Isaac Moses
    Feb 20, 2015 at 14:32

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