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  3/10/2014, Adar Bet 8, 5774

Ahead of Purim, Youth Leader Calls to Ban Alcohol, Firecrackers


The custom to drink on Purim is actually derived from Jewish sources, with the Talmud stating that an individual “must become intoxicated until he cannot tell the difference between Mordechai and Haman,” the respective hero and villain of the Purim story, as set out in the Scroll of Esther (megillah).

In Talmudic fashion, the meaning of the statement has been hotly debated, with “purists” saying that it refers to drinking alcohol, specifically wine. Others say that the meaning of the Aramaic word used is not at all clear, and that a person could fulfill the requirement of not being able to differentiate between Haman and Mordechai in many ways, such as by taking a nap for a few minutes on Purim.