In Hilchos Megillah V'Chanukah, the Rambam writes in 2:15

טו. כיצד חובת סעודה זו שיאכל בשר ויתקן סעודה נאה כפי אשר תמצא ידו, ושותה יין עד שישתכר וירדם בשכרות

Why does the Rambam switch from future tense ("you should eat meat") to present tense ("and drink wine...")?

  • Some hold its a mitzvah to drink the whole day
    – sam
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 3:02

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The Emek Beracha quotes from R' Yisroel Salanter that he held that this was an indication that the Rambam held the mitzvah is to be drunk, not to get drunk. The Rambam held that getting drunk is not an accomplishment that you complete and then are done, but is a continual process throughout the day, and therefore if you sober up, you keep drinking.

  • "throughout the day" Shouldn't that be "throughout the Seudah"?
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 5:16
  • @DoubleAA could be, but that isn't the way he says it. I assume he means it's all day whenever your seudah is, but that isn't the way he says it IIRC Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 5:26
  • @YeZ do you have the exact source, perhaps a hebrewbooks link?
    – Bochur613
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 16:04
  • @Bochur613 I have a pdf of it on my computer. I could give you the page number.... p. 126 Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 20:16
  • @Yez could you upload it to Dropbox or Google Drive and post the link here?
    – Chaim
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 23:17

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