You may have heard that we Jews see it as a Mitzvah (requirement and good deed) to drink so much on the upcoming holiday of Purim "until you can't remember the difference between Mordechai and Haman!"
Well it's true, and I'd like to offer you another take, with a personal lesson we can learn from this puzzling (and exciting) tradition.
Haman (the bad, evil guy) would represent all the religious prohibitions, the 'do not's that we have in Judaism. Those practices are 'bad and evil' and need to be eradicated. Mordechai (the good, holy guy) represents all the positive requirements, all the 'do's in Judaism. They add 'goodness and holiness' around us.
We are often frustrated at the multitude of laws and prohibitions governing our life! The 'do not's get overwhelming... (even the 'do's are a huge undertaking) and we can lose interest and feelings for these Jewish practices.
In Jewish literature, 'wine' hints to inspirational study or discussion. That is the substance which, when ingested, will make you happy, and raise you up to a new level!
So Purim is a time to drink. To drink a lot of wine (if you are 21+). In a safe setting. At Chabad's Purim in the 60s party! The wine should open your heart, and allow in loads of inspiration. It should raise you up to such an extent, that you see no difference between the 'do's and the 'do not's! Where your commitment to Jewish life is all-encompassing.
L'chaim!! Happy Purim!
Warmest regards and Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Mendy and Sara Alevsky
Shabbat on Campus (Time & Location change): Friday, 2/27 - 6:00 PM - Thwing Center, Bellflower Lounge. RSVP right here!
Law and Lunch: Monday, 3/2 - 12:00 to 1:00 PM, Law School - Room A65.
Peace, Love & Purim in the 60s! (undergrads): Wednesday, 3/4 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Thwing Center. GROOVY Purim celebration with great company, far-out foods, and wicked-fun games! More info and RSVP here.
Purim in the 60s (grads only): Thursday, 3/5 - 5:30 to 8:30 PM, ABC Tavern - Uptown. Only $5 for entry, food and two complementary drinks. RSVP now!