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Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky writes on page 129 of Kovetz Halchos that a woman is obligated to drink a rivies of wine on Purim, and that she can fulfil this obligation with grape juice (see footnote 231). In footnote 230, he holds that since women are obligated in all the mitzvos of the day, they are also obligated to drink a little wine, but to drink a lot of ...


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Just how many sources do you want? There are so many, like in almost any topic. Here are a few (limited to those specifically that indicate whether or not Chazal thought of drinking as favorable or frowned upon) A bit of Shas: Berachot 40a quotes an opinion that the Etz HaDaas was a grapevine, because we know that grapes cause sorrow to the world. ...


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I have found that at Purim meals where no one gets seriously drunk, everyone tends to have an equivalently-good time. How good a time that is, of course, depends on the quality of the company, conversation, etc., just like at any other gathering. If you're looking for a great source of both holy and fun holiday-appropriate conversation-starters, I recommend ...


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Rabbenu Avraham ben HaRambam writes: If God would forbid everyone to drink wine and alcohol as he forbade non-kosher animals and fowl, not all would be able to comply...such a prohibition would also interfere with the benefit of wine and the occasional need to drink it. And if our Torah would say "Drink but don't become intoxicated," it would not work ...


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According to Rabbi Efrayim Greenblat (a student of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein), in his work Rivevot Efrayim, it is inappropriate for a woman to drink intoxicating beverages, even on Purim. Source: Rivevot Efrayim (1:458), taken from http://www.dailyhalacha.com/Display.asp?PageIndex=&ClipID=1596


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The Gemara (Krisus 13b) says that it is forbidden to declare the Halacha and to expound on the meaning of the Pesukim that have Halachic repercussions (see Rashi)when drunk. But can learn a Mishna since it is without intent to derive Halacha as we cannot learn Halacha from Mishnayos. תנו רבנן (ויקרא י, י) "ולהבדיל בין הקודש ובין החול" אלו דמין וערכין ...


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As a man, I can only tell you what my wife tells me she enjoys about Purim. My wife enjoys dressing our kids up in costumes that sometimes match a theme with our Shaloch Manos and sometimes are just cute, and then showing them off. When I was single, I did not get drunk on Purim - I followed the opinion of the Rema, to drink more than my usual (which was ...


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Rambam Hilchos De'os 5:3 וכל המשתכר, הרי זה חוטא ומגונה ומפסיד חכמתו; ואם משתכר בפני עמי הארץ, הרי זה חילל את השם. Anyone who gets drunk, he is a sinner and is disgusting and loses his wisdom. And if he does so before commoners, he profanes G-d. According to the Rambam, the mitzvah of simcha on Yom Tov does not encourage or even permit drunkenness (...


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I don't know for sure, but the following piyut seems like a good candidate, printed in the Machzor Vitri for Shachris of Purim: אָרוּר הָמָן אֲשֶׁר בִּיקֵּשׁ לְאַבְּדִי בָּרוּךְ מָרְדֳּכַי הַיְּהוּדִי אֲרוּרָה זֶרֶשׁ אֵשֶׁת מַפְחִידִי בְּרוּכָה אֶסְתֵּר בַּעֲדִי אָרוּר הָמָן אָץ לְנַפְּצִי בָּרוּךְ מָרְדֳּכַי בִּתְחִינָה ...


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The rambam in de'os writes that it is forbidden to drink in the afternon (when you will get drunk) based of the Mishnah in avos (3: 10). The Orchos Chaim is also in the Kol Bo, and their source is the Meoros to Megillah 7b who also writes that there is no greater sin than drunkenness. Rabbeinu Avraham Ben HaRambam writes (p. 556 in English Feldheim ed.) ...


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The Gemara Eiruvin 65a says that אמר רב ששת משום רבי אלעזר בן עזריה יכול יכול אני לפטור את כל העולם כולו מן הדין מיום שחרב בית המקדש ועד עכשיו שנאמר לכן שמעי נא זאת ענייה ושכורת ולא מיין מיתיבי שיכור מקחו מקח וממכרו ממכר עבר עבירה שיש בה מיתה ממיתין אותו מלקות מלקין אותו כללו של דבר הרי הוא כפיקח לכל דבריו אלא שפטור מן התפלה מאי יכולני לפטור דקאמר נמי מדין ...


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For those who are interested in the views of Rishonim: 1) Many Rishonim have a girsa that explicitly places the tefillah after the sobering; see dikdukei Sofrim. 2) Rishonim do not discuss this. But according to those who understand that he wasnt actually killed, there would obviously be no question. Besides for Meiri (see below) a student of the Rashba, ...


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Rashi, Nemukey Yosef, Riaz, Rokeach, Rambam, and many others all write wine. THis presents mystery; if one or two said it it might be coincidental, but with so many you'd think thered be an explanation. My explanation is that these Rishonim understood that "bsumei" means to get drunk through wine. THere is much support for this assertion: Rashi generaly ...


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My mother likes going to a women's megillah reading, where women read for women. She says going, especially reading, gives her a feeling of being more involved on Purim.


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I heard from the Rivevos Ephrayim's uncle R. Nota Greenblatt Shlita that perhaps women are pattur from mitzvos on Purim as mitzvos assei shehazman grama, except for Megilla which is zecher lanes and they were also involved in the nes. It is possible that the s'udah which is likely for simcha is not included. Drinking would seem to be a part of the Seudah ...


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Rabbi Goldberg translated Shulchan Aruch Yore Deah: The Laws of Tzedakah and quotes: Siman 250 : How much is Proper to Give to Each Poor Person   1) How much do we give to a poor person – whatever the poor person is lacking. How so? If the poor person is hungry, then we feed him. If he lacks proper clothing, then we clothe him. If he lacks household ...


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Orchos Chaim Hilchos Purim 38 writes that getting drunk is completely forbidden, and there is no greater sin, as it leads to illicit relationships, spilling blood, and many other sins.


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The statement is made in what appears to be an addendum to the 6th letter printed at the end of Ateres Tzvi (the Zitishover's commentary on the Zohar). He makes two similar statements equating drinking on Purim to fasting for 6 days. He does not source the idea but compares it to the fasting of Mar b'rei d'Ravina (of which I am unfamiliar). ...וכל השותה ...


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The response of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein in Igrot Moshe concerning the prohibition of marijuana consumption would also apply to all hallucinogenics. He prohibited intoxication that was to such an extent that it made proper Torah study impossible. Clearly, Purim would be an exception in regard to wine, but as a general practice, he found that level of ...


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Simlah Chadashah says that someone who is as drunk as Lot is the same as the שוטה. He also adds that someone who is not quite that drunk yet may not slaughter ab initio, but if he did and it is certain (if he says he is certain or someone was observing him) that there was no דרסה (undue pressure in שחיטה) then it is allowed. A city שוחט should not be drunk ...


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Although many sources prohibit intoxication (Ramban Comm. to Kedoshim, Rambam Hil. Deos, Meoros Megillah 7b, Kol Bo and Orchos Chaim cited by Darchei Moshe and Beis Yosef respectively in Orach Chaim 695) some sources write hat one may or should get drunk on purim: 1) There is an obligation to get drunk (Rif to Megillah 7b, Piskei Rid, Piskei Riaz, and Tur.)...


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There are a couple of indirect references in the Bavli: Rav advised his son not to take drugs habitually (Pesachim 113a). Rabbi Judah son of Rabbi Hiyya compared the drugs of humans to the drugs of HASHEM: "When a man administers a drug to another it may be beneficial to one limb but injurious to another, but with the Holy One, blessed be He, it is not so: ...


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The Rambam and Rama apparently hold that sleep is not a replacement to the gemara's directions, but rather the Gemara's actual intent. THis can be infered from the fact the Rambam almost never states laws from outside the Gemara. Where did he get this bit about sleep from? He evidently read it into the Gemara. The Rama in DM connects his ruling to Rambam'...


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You can daven drunk until you slur your words: From shulchanaruchharav.com If one drank to the point that he is unable to speak in front of a king without slurring his words, then it is forbidden for him to Daven Shemoneh Esrei until he becomes sober. Footnote 9 describes 2 states that are forbidden to daven- There are two levels of cannot speak properly ...


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The Shelah HaKadosh writes in parshas Noach that Noach planted a vineyard because he wanted to repair (the Zohar vol 1, 73a says "to understand") the sin commited by Adam, but instead, he failed to do so. On regard the 2nd question, I assume that was an accident since Radak to 9:20 says that until that time people planted grapes only as a fruit to eat, and ...


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Sefer Segulas Yisrael 80:3 is the source you are looking for.


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According to Medrash Esther Rabba, Achashveirosh had taken control of the Persian empire, despite not being a blood relative of the former kings. He maintained strong control over a vast empire. It's hard to imagine that he did all this in a state of drunkenness. The Medrash also brings a famous debate: was Achashveirosh a melech tipeish, an idiotic king, ...


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