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Why is alcohol not prohibited?

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 ...
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Can one study Torah having drunk wine/being intoxicated?

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 ...
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How to make Purim more female friendly?

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 ...
5 votes

A sin done while drunk

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 ...
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Torah attitude toward drinking alcohol

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 ...
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The words to the ארור המן ברוך מרדכי piyut

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 ...
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Understanding the story of Rabba and Rav Zeira

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 ...
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Can you use Liquor to fulfill Ad Dlo Yoda?

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 ...
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Is there any source that says that women should / should not get drunk on Purim?

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 ...
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Getting drunk on Purim

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 ...
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References in the Talmud or Rishonim to marijuana or any non-alcoholic drug use?

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 ...
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Is charity money used for alcohol considered charity?

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 ...
3 votes

Torah attitude toward drinking alcohol

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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Are psilocybin mushrooms permitted/prohibited/advocated in Jewish law or tradition?

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 ...
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Why did Noach plant a vineyard?

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 ...
2 votes

If sleeping suffices for "ad d'lo yada", why drink?

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 ...
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Drunken Davening

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 ...
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Was Achashverosh drunk throughout the Megillah?

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 ...
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Being intoxicated a Sin?

As noted, Rambam writes in Hilkhot De'ot (5:5) that drunkenness is a sin. Furthermore, he writes that drinking in a way that will intoxicate oneself is forbidden: וכל המשתכר, הרי זה חוטא...ואסור ...
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How to make Purim more female friendly?

Drinking helps. I know a good number of women who also drink and enjoy the raised spirits. As to childcare or care for the home - why is this only the responsibility of a woman? Am I no longer a ...
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When it is stated that one is forbidden to pray or render halachic decisions while drunk, does this include other drugs like marijuana?

The gemara, ketubot 12, forbids it after eating dates, because they make you very happy and that kind of distracts you. so it's very clear that the same applies to drugs. I must add that the gemara ...
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Is charity money used for alcohol considered charity?

If you give an addict the resources to indulge their unhealthy addiction, it's not only not tzedaka, it's likely a violation of the prohibition of "lo titein michshol" ("Before the blind put not a ...
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Is שכרות in the Talmud (or other rabbinical sources) limited to alcoholic substances?

To the very best of my knowledge, any discussion concerning what was commonly done in Talmudic times (e.g. "in the late afternoon people are often drunk") meant simply alcoholic beverages. We know ...
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'Alcoholic drinks' and 'reward' are both "שכר"

According to the Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew, based on the works of Rav Hirsch, the word שכר, “to get drunk, to express unreal thoughts” (p. 262) and the word שׂכר, “to compensate, to ...
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How can we make berachos after drinking during the Pesach Seder?

I see a many reasons to be lenient: In regards to brachos according to the Gra and Pri Megadim (and Bircas hamazon according to the Magen Avraham (see below)) the requirement of speaking in front of ...
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Source about Yirmiyahu and drunkenness

No connection to drunkenness, but this Malbim seems to say that he made an effort to not become happy, to avoid "bad" prophecy. מלבים ירמיה פרק ט"ו פסוק י"ז לא ישבתי בסוד וחברת משחקים שאעלז ואשמח ...
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How much alcohol does one need to consume in order to be halachically drunk or intoxicated?

As SabbaHillel said, that for Duchening, one would need to drink a Revi'is of wine. For issuing rulings: The Gemara in Eiruvin 64a says: אמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל שתה רביעית יין אל יורה However, ...
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How much alcohol does one need to consume in order to be halachically drunk or intoxicated?

According to Daf Yomi - Yoma 49 - Drunk Kohen the shiur for drunkenness is only a reviis. While this appears to be well below the level that would make him obviously drunk, it does prevent him from ...
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Davening Under the Influence

Being "patur" (released) from the obligation to pray when drunk is not because you are involved in a mitzvah. It is because you are incapable of praying with intention (kavanah). And it is about the ...
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Drinking alcohol during davening

The OP asked: What I don't understand is that if one feels no effects, what are they waiting for until they are allowed to pray again? The answer is to look carefully at the Mishnah Berurah in ...

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