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It’s Purim!  Yay!!!

There’s a strange mitzvah on Purim to become intoxicated to the point where you don’t know the difference between “Blessed is Mordechai” and “Cursed is Haman.”  Is there really a mitzvah to get drunk?  And so drunk that you reach such ridiculousness?

Even the Rambam, who says that this is, indeed, the law says some pretty horrible things about imbibing alcohol in general and drunkenness, in particular.  So what gives?  Why the difference with Purim?

The answer is that on Purim, we are on a completely higher level.  We are serving G-d with such tremendous joy that the normal “animal” inside of us cannot help with love G-d.

Every holiday has an obligation to be joyous.  The Torah teaches us v’samachta b’chagecha, rejoice on your holiday.  But on Purim, the holiday itself is called y’mei simcha, days of joy.  It’s not that it’s a day and we have to be happy, but that the day itself is a day of happiness!

Likewise, the Jew who rejoices on Purim no longer requires the mind to tell him the difference between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordechai”; he is above it all, relating to the divine truth that transcends the bifurcation of good and evil. For the Jew who rejoices on Purim, the mind is utterly superfluous, something which only encumbers the outpouring of his soul, something which only quantifies and qualifies that which is infinite and all-pervading. So he puts his mind to sleep for a few hours, in order to allow his true self to emerge.

*Disclaimer: this is a spiritual concept.  If you have an aversion to alcohol or know that you cannot “handle your liquor” as they say, then you must know yourself and not do anything that would put yourself in a danerous or compromising situation.

This brings us to the title of the email.  It seems that on either side of the political aisle, people feel this way (inserting Trump or Obama on whichever side fits his/her preference).  But we must rise above the fray and realize that everything is from G-d and it’s to Him our allegiance lies.

A freiliche Purim – A Joyous Purim!
~Rabbi Yossi

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