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New York - This was a direct quote from Yeshiva of Philadelphia Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky Shlit’a who took precious time from his busy schedule and shared his da’as Torah with listeners on Thursday night during the Project YES conference call titled, “Purim Parenting: Keeping Our Children Safe and Sober,”

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz asked the Rosh Yeshiva to address this matter because many people who heard about our Purim program had asked to clarify the words of our chazal (sages) “Chayav einish l’besumei be’puria ad deloi yoda bein arur Haman l’baruch Mordechai” which loosely translated says, that one is obligated to drink [on Purim] until he cannot discern between Haman and Mordechai.

“Chas v’shalom (Heaven forbid) that our Torah would consider getting drunk to be a mitzvah!” said Reb Shmuel. He explained that the word l’besumei is derived from the root word which means to sniff something – and said that this means that one should have only “a whiff” of drinking (wine only; he was clear to state).

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The Rosh Yeshiva also shed light on the words “ad deloi yoda bein arur Haman l’baruch Mordechai” and said that when one sings verses of a song when he is in a heightened state of simcha (joy) he occasionally will sing the verses in incorrect order – meaning that he will sing the verse of Arur Haman in the place of the verse of Baruch Mordechai. It is inconceivable, he stated, that this is to be taken to condone drunkenness – which is in direct contrast to the teachings of our Torah.


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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Rav Kaminetsky Shlita is mechadish a huge chidush on the loshon "l’besumei" as the shoresh of sniffing and smelling. I never thought of being medakdek this loshon in this manner. Yashar Koach !!! This should have been taught for years. Now can we teach it to our buchrim? They will understand it but they might have a kasheh on it and reject the man d'amar....

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Dunno, I love getting drunk once a year, my wife loves it (she's the designated driver), it makes the whole Purim much much much more lebedig, otherwise it is farshlufen. If you can do it responsibly, why not? And the "ad d'lo yuda" is a very clear implication that one should drink until they can't discern etc....

Sorry, but good intentions of the Rabbis (keeping young ones safe) should not be thrust upon the mature, responsible adults who want to enjoy this unique chag...

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM Anonymous Says:

how do u explain rashi in megila
LHISHTAKER byaiyn
forsure only if its lshem shomaim
lshem mizvo

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM Anonymous Says:

While I applaud the efforts of the Rabbanim to promote safety and responsibility among our youth, this is nothing more than pure revisionism. To say that the simple meaning of chazal does not mean to drink on purim is patently false. If our Rabbonim can take such liberties, what is our argument against Reform rabbis?

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM Joey Says:

Thing is many big poskim disagree, although there are many achronim who pasken like reb shmuel others aurgue in just as strong a tone. Bottom line יש על מי לסמוך. Bottoms up!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM Anonymous Says:

the halacha is to drink! how can we take a rabbi seiously if he changes halacha for political correctness. I am not saying children should get drunk and there are ways around it but be honest!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM thank u Says:

What a pashuta and glatta pshat to a mamer chazal. I will iyh drink a reviis of wine and be happy by singing and dancing

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Rav Kaminetsky Shlita is mechadish a huge chidush on the loshon "l’besumei" as the shoresh of sniffing and smelling. I never thought of being medakdek this loshon in this manner. Yashar Koach !!! This should have been taught for years. Now can we teach it to our buchrim? They will understand it but they might have a kasheh on it and reject the man d'amar....

You imply the Rabbonim in the past didnt know what they were talking about when they said it meant to get drunk literally.

There is a big machlokes harishonim about this. It is not poshut.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe sniff refers to using an illegal substance to get “high“ ?????

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM "l’besumei" Says:

O Oo Ooo this may give a whole new meaning for Ahhhaammm Sniffing? On Purim? Forget it ill stick to Drinking....much safer....

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM Anonymous Says:

huh???? and this that the Rambam ad shyardeim mshiruso is against Torah??!!! Ch"V!!!!

and the shulchan aruch??? and kama gdolim vtovim mimen........???!!!!!!

and the Maasa of Rabba and Rav Zeira???!!!!

Its one thing to say that you don't wan't to pasken that you must drink......!!!! but to erase everyone that does and 2,500 years of jewish history, that I just don't get, sorry!!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

While I applaud the efforts of the Rabbanim to promote safety and responsibility among our youth, this is nothing more than pure revisionism. To say that the simple meaning of chazal does not mean to drink on purim is patently false. If our Rabbonim can take such liberties, what is our argument against Reform rabbis?

Here here to 3 and 4.

How do I defend this interpretation to my kid when i learn gemora with him?

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM Torontotonian Says:

Kaminetsky Shlit’a pretty much emulates the Ben Ish Chai in what he is saying, see the Ben Ish Chai's perush on the Megilla. Additionally in today's lifestyle, getting drunk where you cannot discern the many hazards of modern life, is downright dangerous. Ushmartem es nafshoseichem should be considered. Every year we hear of needless tragic incidences.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Dunno, I love getting drunk once a year, my wife loves it (she's the designated driver), it makes the whole Purim much much much more lebedig, otherwise it is farshlufen. If you can do it responsibly, why not? And the "ad d'lo yuda" is a very clear implication that one should drink until they can't discern etc....

Sorry, but good intentions of the Rabbis (keeping young ones safe) should not be thrust upon the mature, responsible adults who want to enjoy this unique chag...

What kind of example are you setting for your children????? Is that what you consider responsible adults?

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

the halacha is to drink! how can we take a rabbi seiously if he changes halacha for political correctness. I am not saying children should get drunk and there are ways around it but be honest!

Actually its a machlokes, more or less split down the middle but out right drunkeness to the point of vomiting or acting like a fool, ALLagree it's assur (and yes i'm willing to bet the farm, on this so all of you who will argue, look it PROPERLY). if you controll yourself then it's a straight up machlokes

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

how do u explain rashi in megila
LHISHTAKER byaiyn
forsure only if its lshem shomaim
lshem mizvo

Try this....since we are not supposed to be used to imbibing in yayin and mashkeh one or two glasses of wine should be enough to make us feel shiker but not necessarily be shiker. It is supposed to make you feel an altered or hightened sense of simcha or relaxation. It doesn't mean that you actually have to be dead drunk or throwing up drunk.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

While I applaud the efforts of the Rabbanim to promote safety and responsibility among our youth, this is nothing more than pure revisionism. To say that the simple meaning of chazal does not mean to drink on purim is patently false. If our Rabbonim can take such liberties, what is our argument against Reform rabbis?

Actually it is not revisionism it is FINALLY being accountable and responsible and interpreting the Torah correctly and not giving people an all out excuse to get drunk and make fools of themselves as well as throwing up in other people's homes.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

the halacha is to drink! how can we take a rabbi seiously if he changes halacha for political correctness. I am not saying children should get drunk and there are ways around it but be honest!

Actually the halacha is to "drink wine at the seudah". That never changed.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
"l’besumei" Says:

O Oo Ooo this may give a whole new meaning for Ahhhaammm Sniffing? On Purim? Forget it ill stick to Drinking....much safer....

Chuchum, why not buy your wife some roses for all her hard work and take some time to smell the roses!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Torontotonian Says:

Kaminetsky Shlit’a pretty much emulates the Ben Ish Chai in what he is saying, see the Ben Ish Chai's perush on the Megilla. Additionally in today's lifestyle, getting drunk where you cannot discern the many hazards of modern life, is downright dangerous. Ushmartem es nafshoseichem should be considered. Every year we hear of needless tragic incidences.

Get real. Modern life isn't more dangerous than in ancient times. Today a drunk can be killed driving, yesterday by falling off a horse. If you're inebriated, drive neither a car nor horse.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM Hatzolah wife Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Dunno, I love getting drunk once a year, my wife loves it (she's the designated driver), it makes the whole Purim much much much more lebedig, otherwise it is farshlufen. If you can do it responsibly, why not? And the "ad d'lo yuda" is a very clear implication that one should drink until they can't discern etc....

Sorry, but good intentions of the Rabbis (keeping young ones safe) should not be thrust upon the mature, responsible adults who want to enjoy this unique chag...

I'm glad you enjoy getting drunk. A couple of years ago there were some folks in my neighborhood who were so drunk that they passed out after vomiting all over their host's table. Hatzolah had to be called to take them to the hospital. These were allegedly "responsible" adults who "enjoyed getting drunk".

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:56 PM Liberalism is a Disease!!! Says:

I am not m'kaneh you dissenters of one of the preeminent g'dolay ha'dor!!!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:56 PM Raphael Kaufman Says:

Reply to #13  
Torontotonian Says:

Kaminetsky Shlit’a pretty much emulates the Ben Ish Chai in what he is saying, see the Ben Ish Chai's perush on the Megilla. Additionally in today's lifestyle, getting drunk where you cannot discern the many hazards of modern life, is downright dangerous. Ushmartem es nafshoseichem should be considered. Every year we hear of needless tragic incidences.

Yes, and every Succos people are injured by collapsing decks. there are also People regularly injured in house fires on Channukah. Are not those also tragic? Should we stop building succahs and lighting Channukah lecht? I have the highest regard for R' Kaminetsky but he is swimming upstream against a flood of earlier and greater poskim.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 12:58 PM shabos Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

huh???? and this that the Rambam ad shyardeim mshiruso is against Torah??!!! Ch"V!!!!

and the shulchan aruch??? and kama gdolim vtovim mimen........???!!!!!!

and the Maasa of Rabba and Rav Zeira???!!!!

Its one thing to say that you don't wan't to pasken that you must drink......!!!! but to erase everyone that does and 2,500 years of jewish history, that I just don't get, sorry!!

the M'irei quotes on the gemara of the Maasa of Rabba and Rav Zeira that the gemora wants us to know that we should not get drunk

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:01 PM BaalHabooze Says:

I get the feeling that this distiguished Rosh Yeshiva had intentions to just keep his Bochurim safe, and his "uptaich" of the Chazal was instructional for his bochurim - to drink responsibly and to a minimum. In today's day and age, and yes take into account the concept of yeridas hadoros, good frum bochurim in the year 2010 in general don't know how to act and often stray negatively when in a drunken stupor. When yidden, in generations gone by, got drunk on Purim it was a completely different scenario. They would dance with all their hearts in holiness and simcha and didn't have the dangers of drunk driving. This is perhaps a minhag that we should NOT try to fulfill to the maximum- especially our heiligeh yeshiva bochurim! Bochurim have been gravely injured and R"L killed because of drinking too much on Purim. That said, the Rosh Yeshiva's pshat isn't one too hard to hear. Afterall the mitzvah of U'Shmartem Me'od Es Nafshoseichem is a mitzvah on Purim too - and it's De'oraysa!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Rav Kaminetsky Shlita is mechadish a huge chidush on the loshon "l’besumei" as the shoresh of sniffing and smelling. I never thought of being medakdek this loshon in this manner. Yashar Koach !!! This should have been taught for years. Now can we teach it to our buchrim? They will understand it but they might have a kasheh on it and reject the man d'amar....

All tzdikim and rabnim and klall yishreal they Didn't leren the pshat like he came out today. Some Didn't drink so much true . some did. Litfish chadish. And if you can't teach your kids the emes. Don't teach them with sheker. You can't bulid emes mit shker. Make sure teach them whole year Than all will be ok.not the wine purim is the problyn. farkert.
he comes out saying Its avira. Can't belive it.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

huh???? and this that the Rambam ad shyardeim mshiruso is against Torah??!!! Ch"V!!!!

and the shulchan aruch??? and kama gdolim vtovim mimen........???!!!!!!

and the Maasa of Rabba and Rav Zeira???!!!!

Its one thing to say that you don't wan't to pasken that you must drink......!!!! but to erase everyone that does and 2,500 years of jewish history, that I just don't get, sorry!!

some ppl or even rabnim or esknim think they could say what ever they want. its kaegen the shlcen erich what he said

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:05 PM yiftach bedoro... Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Rav Kaminetsky Shlita is mechadish a huge chidush on the loshon "l’besumei" as the shoresh of sniffing and smelling. I never thought of being medakdek this loshon in this manner. Yashar Koach !!! This should have been taught for years. Now can we teach it to our buchrim? They will understand it but they might have a kasheh on it and reject the man d'amar....

bem'chilas kvod toras hagaon reb shmuel, chas lei lezar'ei de'avuha dishmuel to interpret a maamar chazal so allegorically. the pshuto shel mikra is that livasumei denotes inebriation. that is the literal definition of the word in aramaic. see sanhedrin 38a.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:07 PM I see it this way.. Says:

while I do agree that one should never get smashed drunk and i do agree that these days are different then the time of chazal for they had a much greater level of yiras shamayim then our generation and when they drank allot it only made them more spiritual....and they also didn’t have to worry about drinking and driving. however for some reason i feel like these rabbis are just trying to use the halacha to shape their opinions and i highly doubt there is any truth to what the Rav said because it is very clear in the talmud that "one should "hishtaker"-which doesnt mean sniff. i think the truth should be said it is a mitzva to get drunk until one is in a state to not know the difference in-between haman and mordichai, however this is a mitzva that can only be kept if it wont lead to other negative things like, acting like an animal, missing tfillos, putting your life in danger if you may drive after, causing yourself to get sick ect... so to Jews of 2010 i think we aren’t able to keep this mitzvah without being over many averos so keep it sober or if not drink but don’t think it is the torah thing to do

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:08 PM moshe kamm Says:

This rav lives off the public opinion ,he must say this to keep people in his yeshiva and to support his pesach cruises and his trips around the world.If he preached the real truth ,most people wouldnt even listen to him.When moshe rabbenu had to appoint leaders,it says(parshas yisro perek 18 posuk 21)yisro advised him to appoint men of wealth.So they wouldnt have to flatter anyone or to hakir panim.How can anyone change what seems so obviously clear,get drunk on purim till you dont know the difference between cursed is haman and blessed is mordechai.I lived among goyim as well.It is a tremendous kiddush hashem when yidden get drunk,they dont get violent, aggresive ,or anything like that.look at the nations after they get drunk (super bowls)(mardi gras).They always start looting killing,and engaging in liscentious activities.I dont even know how the rav could have said you should sniff wine instead of drinking it.It is for a reason that chazal said if your rav looks like a malach elokim listen to him.rav moshe feinstein looked like a malach.does anyone know what he said about this,Or the steipler zatzal

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

While I applaud the efforts of the Rabbanim to promote safety and responsibility among our youth, this is nothing more than pure revisionism. To say that the simple meaning of chazal does not mean to drink on purim is patently false. If our Rabbonim can take such liberties, what is our argument against Reform rabbis?

If our Rabbonim can take such liberties, what is our argument against Reform rabbis?

Simple. When "inserer" do it its a gevaldika chiddush. When reform rabbis do it its kefira.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:18 PM Use Your Head Says:

Without question, this falls into the category of "Eis La'asos LaShem". Kudos to Rabbi Kaminetsky for stepping up to the plate and having the fortitude to come out with this.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe VIN readers have not seen kids drunk lying in the street. Anyone that has seen this spectacle will decide to possibly have their kids risk not being yotze this one mitzvah.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:23 PM Anonymous Says:

I read in the book about the steipler zatzal that someone asked him on purim after he drank .and he gave an answer that he wouldnt have given otherwise I think they asked him if he knew more torah than another gadol and he said i think i know a little more.i forget the exact words but it was something like that.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

huh???? and this that the Rambam ad shyardeim mshiruso is against Torah??!!! Ch"V!!!!

and the shulchan aruch??? and kama gdolim vtovim mimen........???!!!!!!

and the Maasa of Rabba and Rav Zeira???!!!!

Its one thing to say that you don't wan't to pasken that you must drink......!!!! but to erase everyone that does and 2,500 years of jewish history, that I just don't get, sorry!!

thank you for having the guts to say the truth.But did rav shmuel really say that.I remember hearing from rabbi belskys own mouth (at the time of the shaitels made in india problem)that he read about himself that he went to india to see the problem and all kinds of things like that .When it wasnt true at all.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:29 PM Chofetz Chaim Guy Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Dunno, I love getting drunk once a year, my wife loves it (she's the designated driver), it makes the whole Purim much much much more lebedig, otherwise it is farshlufen. If you can do it responsibly, why not? And the "ad d'lo yuda" is a very clear implication that one should drink until they can't discern etc....

Sorry, but good intentions of the Rabbis (keeping young ones safe) should not be thrust upon the mature, responsible adults who want to enjoy this unique chag...

I think that it is very simple: if you think that the Rav is saying that everything that has been done until now is wrong, you are not understanding him properly. I would venture to say that he would hold "יש על מי לסמוך" IF ONE MISTAKENLY DID SOMETHING INCORRECT: that is the definition of the term. There is no real difference between nowadays and previous years in halacha, however the metzius is called niskatnu hadoros, and regardless of what has been done in the past, nowadays it is definitely assur to become inebriated. I will grant that the Rav's explanation does not seem to be the poshut pshat, but the Torah does not tell people to do things that are dangerous - physically OR spiritually.

P.S. It would be nice if I could see word-for-word everything that the Rav said so that we can talk about this during a hashkafa session at yeshiva sometime...

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Actually it is not revisionism it is FINALLY being accountable and responsible and interpreting the Torah correctly and not giving people an all out excuse to get drunk and make fools of themselves as well as throwing up in other people's homes.

It seems like you are advocating interpreting texts of the Torah as a means to an end.

If interpreting the Torah correctly would result in people having "an all out excuse to get drunk and make fools of themselves as well as throwing up in other people's homes” would you be ok with that?

Don't you think what the gemara really meant is more important than your opinion of what accountable and responsible is?

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

While I applaud the efforts of the Rabbanim to promote safety and responsibility among our youth, this is nothing more than pure revisionism. To say that the simple meaning of chazal does not mean to drink on purim is patently false. If our Rabbonim can take such liberties, what is our argument against Reform rabbis?

Reb Moshe Feinstein once responded to a person who belittled a Talmid Chacham, by saying to this person, "You are pasul to eidus". He would have said the same thing to you.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:37 PM Anonymous Says:

ok fine!!! but reb shmuel berenbaum ztv"l used to say "oif purim dus is nur ad delo yoda ubber simchas toirah trink un trink un trinks!!!" in english that means on purim its just until ad delo yoda but on simchas torah u drink and drink and drink! i dont wanna argue on harav kamenetsky but i dont think we will burn in hell for being soimech on reb shmuel berenbaom st"l!!!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Raphael Kaufman Says:

Yes, and every Succos people are injured by collapsing decks. there are also People regularly injured in house fires on Channukah. Are not those also tragic? Should we stop building succahs and lighting Channukah lecht? I have the highest regard for R' Kaminetsky but he is swimming upstream against a flood of earlier and greater poskim.

Yes, if it could be shown that Chanukah lecht were causing the deaths of many yiddin, any responsible posek would assur them just as Rav Kaninetsky has assured intoxication on Purim. He is right, the others are wrong!!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Raphael Kaufman Says:

Yes, and every Succos people are injured by collapsing decks. there are also People regularly injured in house fires on Channukah. Are not those also tragic? Should we stop building succahs and lighting Channukah lecht? I have the highest regard for R' Kaminetsky but he is swimming upstream against a flood of earlier and greater poskim.

Deck mishaps and Chanukah fires are rare and are preventable with care and planning. Dangerous health problems area direct effect of being drunk and are in a different category. The vehicular risks can only be prevented by tying the person up so they do nothing stupid.
First be mekayim all the other mitzvahs before becoming fanatic about being drunk on Purim.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:43 PM CR Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Rav Kaminetsky Shlita is mechadish a huge chidush on the loshon "l’besumei" as the shoresh of sniffing and smelling. I never thought of being medakdek this loshon in this manner. Yashar Koach !!! This should have been taught for years. Now can we teach it to our buchrim? They will understand it but they might have a kasheh on it and reject the man d'amar....

L'besumeiBosem is a chiddush? If that is a chiddush then people have been unable to read and understand LaHa"K for generations! Oyah!

That being said, thank you Rav Kaminetzky for alerting the public to this grave danger and exhorting all of us to enjoy Yom Tov responsibly.

FWIW, if the Rav's words cause one less allegedly responsible adult to collapse in his own filth and vomit in the middle of the street then it is a great success!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 01:52 PM azh Says:

I think Reb Shmuel's statement was obviously taken out of context. If he was talking about Rabbi Horowitz, he was probably talking about the people and situations Rabbi Horowitz deals with at YES. And I don't think Reb Shmuel has a Pesach cruise.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:03 PM Jothar Says:

The Mishna brurah says clearly that drinking to the point that you miss doing mitzvos is assur. Rav Kaminetzky Shlit"a didn't make up a new pshat.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:04 PM JJ Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Rav Kaminetsky Shlita is mechadish a huge chidush on the loshon "l’besumei" as the shoresh of sniffing and smelling. I never thought of being medakdek this loshon in this manner. Yashar Koach !!! This should have been taught for years. Now can we teach it to our buchrim? They will understand it but they might have a kasheh on it and reject the man d'amar....

Becareful when making letznois of the Rosh yeshiva!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:07 PM Moe Says:

Rav Shmuel is Paskening like the Shittos that Assur drinking and he's informing the public of his Psak. Each person should now go ask their own Rav. I personally think the drinking on Purim, especially in Yeshivos, is an annual Chilul Hashem but the Rebbeim and the Roshei Yeshiva don't have the power to stop the Bachurim and it's just spun out of control. This then carries over to the Baala Batim who have graduated from the Yeshivos and try to recreate their Yeshiva days. I think for the most part people drink so much as an excuse to escape from their anxiety. Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt"l said a similar Pshat in Libisumei - he said it meant to be festive, to celebrate - which means with a little wine, a little joking, etc. - not to get drunk.- maybe just a little uninhibited. Rav YM Kulefsky zt"l when he was Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisroel Paskened like the Rishonim/Achronim that is was Assur to get drunk (I believe that was the Lashon - Bais Ephraim and the Bach? Rabeinu Ephraim?) It's a fact that drinking goes on and I'm embarrassed about every year. I look at the scene of drunks and think to myself, "Does it make sense that this is what the Ribono Shel Olam had in mind?"

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

the halacha is to drink! how can we take a rabbi seiously if he changes halacha for political correctness. I am not saying children should get drunk and there are ways around it but be honest!

First of all, there is no Halacha like this. Second, there's a mitzva to drink wine and only wine because wine is a drink that lifts the soul. Other alcohol beverages make men into pigs. In fact, in the beginning of the megilla, achashveirosh encouraged everyone to dring and keep drinking. I cant imagine this is behavior/message we are supposed to get out of the story. Drunkeness is a disgusting thing. We can learn that from Noah.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:16 PM Devorim SheEynam Nishmoim Says:

Great. Now people like those who commented here are going to drink on Purim and be over Rav Kamintesky's psak...BMEZID!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #41  
Anonymous Says:

Yes, if it could be shown that Chanukah lecht were causing the deaths of many yiddin, any responsible posek would assur them just as Rav Kaninetsky has assured intoxication on Purim. He is right, the others are wrong!!

you must say why it is being ossured .you cant say the chachamim really meant not to light the menora but to sniff the menora

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

You imply the Rabbonim in the past didnt know what they were talking about when they said it meant to get drunk literally.

There is a big machlokes harishonim about this. It is not poshut.

he knows more than everyone including rabbi karo zatzal

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Anonymous Says:

If our Rabbonim can take such liberties, what is our argument against Reform rabbis?

Simple. When "inserer" do it its a gevaldika chiddush. When reform rabbis do it its kefira.

only sniffing the wine.what are you a kairite?

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:25 PM Zelig Says:

I listened to the telecast last night and was surprised how much focus was put on the Halachic view rather than how dangerous, how potentially life threatening drinking can be......especially for teens. One of the speakers mentioned that the teens need more time consuming activities. Well? Thats only partially true. Drinking is but a symptom of the real problem. Stuffing the problems through sports, art, entertainment isn't as bad as drugs alcohol, but nevertheless, the core issues aren't being addressed. How do you get a teen who's suffering internally to talk about core issues? Come at him/her at their level. Not as a rebbe or any other authority figure. The best people to talk to these kids are adults (like myself) who have suffered through alcoholism as a teen and now as an adult is sober for years.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:26 PM Anonymous Says:

there is a famous chakira from reb yisrael salanter if the the mitzva is to drink and the shiur kiyum hamitzva is when you get drunk. or the mitzva is to drink and when you are drunk you are patur because a shikur is patur from mitvos. the practical difference being if one drinks, gets drunk and then sobers up does he still have to keep on drinking. interesting that we dont have much halacha or lomdus from r yisrael salanter mostly mussar but this is his chakira. l'chaim

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:32 PM DerNister Says:

I don't understand why R. Kaminetsky had to go engage in linguisitc sophistry to reach his conclusion that people ought not drink to excess on Purim. First there is the interpretation of the Rema which could have more easily been emphasized than distorting the plain meaning of the text; drink a small bit more than one is used to and go to sleep. When one sleeps he doesn't know the difference between Haman and Mordechai. Secondly, even if one adopts Rashi's view of l'hishtaker (I believe that Rashi said with wine only becuase he was a vintner, and wine was probably the alcoholic beverage most readily available to him), like any mitzvah it should be practiced if it is safe to do so. In 2010 America, it is not safe for young boys and men to get drunk, and therefore once should not do so.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:39 PM moshekamm Says:

I think he is right concerning under age drinking.But once someone is of the legal drinking age(there is wisdom to be found in the nations) then he must get drunk.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #55  
Zelig Says:

I listened to the telecast last night and was surprised how much focus was put on the Halachic view rather than how dangerous, how potentially life threatening drinking can be......especially for teens. One of the speakers mentioned that the teens need more time consuming activities. Well? Thats only partially true. Drinking is but a symptom of the real problem. Stuffing the problems through sports, art, entertainment isn't as bad as drugs alcohol, but nevertheless, the core issues aren't being addressed. How do you get a teen who's suffering internally to talk about core issues? Come at him/her at their level. Not as a rebbe or any other authority figure. The best people to talk to these kids are adults (like myself) who have suffered through alcoholism as a teen and now as an adult is sober for years.

The best way to deal with these issues is to first RECOGNIZE that there are issues and stop sweeping them under the rug!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:51 PM az Says:

Reply to #24  
shabos Says:

the M'irei quotes on the gemara of the Maasa of Rabba and Rav Zeira that the gemora wants us to know that we should not get drunk

According to other meforshim, this is a dochak, because whenever the gemara brings a maaseh after a halacha, it is always to prove the halacha correct. The gemara there doesn't come to a different conclusion on the daf. It's not so poshut.

for a novel approach to this gemara find a copy of the sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on purim תשמ"ד. He explains this gemara without deviating from the p'shat which implies actual drinking and that Rabba actually shechted R' Zeira and how it wasn't a bad thing.

The shulchan oruch gives clear guidelines of who should drink and who shouldn't. If a yid cares about ×”', then they will follow shulchan oruch.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #49  
Moe Says:

Rav Shmuel is Paskening like the Shittos that Assur drinking and he's informing the public of his Psak. Each person should now go ask their own Rav. I personally think the drinking on Purim, especially in Yeshivos, is an annual Chilul Hashem but the Rebbeim and the Roshei Yeshiva don't have the power to stop the Bachurim and it's just spun out of control. This then carries over to the Baala Batim who have graduated from the Yeshivos and try to recreate their Yeshiva days. I think for the most part people drink so much as an excuse to escape from their anxiety. Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt"l said a similar Pshat in Libisumei - he said it meant to be festive, to celebrate - which means with a little wine, a little joking, etc. - not to get drunk.- maybe just a little uninhibited. Rav YM Kulefsky zt"l when he was Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisroel Paskened like the Rishonim/Achronim that is was Assur to get drunk (I believe that was the Lashon - Bais Ephraim and the Bach? Rabeinu Ephraim?) It's a fact that drinking goes on and I'm embarrassed about every year. I look at the scene of drunks and think to myself, "Does it make sense that this is what the Ribono Shel Olam had in mind?"

Are you kidding me? Roshei Yeshivas don't have the power to stop Bachurim? Oh yes they do! They kick bochurim out for less dangerous behavior than that.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #40  
Anonymous Says:

ok fine!!! but reb shmuel berenbaum ztv"l used to say "oif purim dus is nur ad delo yoda ubber simchas toirah trink un trink un trinks!!!" in english that means on purim its just until ad delo yoda but on simchas torah u drink and drink and drink! i dont wanna argue on harav kamenetsky but i dont think we will burn in hell for being soimech on reb shmuel berenbaom st"l!!!

If getting drunk really makes you happy you really have a problem.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:56 PM ari Says:

i have nothing against the rav, but for 1000 years rabbis have been saying that getting drunk on purim is proper. of course he is a great great rav but who is he to contradict all those before him and say that getting drunk on purim is an aveira?

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:59 PM Daniel Says:

If we could just put aside our ta'avah to drink and the learn the sugya like any other in Shas we could come to a clear conclusion. The Rema writes that one can be yotzei by drinking a little more wine than one is accustomed to (like 2 cups instead of 1). The Mishnah Berurah quotes the Pri Megadim that everyone should follow this Rema. That's it, case closed. For some strange reason we follow every Mishnah Berurah but when it comes to drinking we totally ignore the heiligah Rema and Chofetz Chaim and prefer to act like animals. Don't let your ta'avah cloud your view of what Hashem really wants from you!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 02:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Raphael Kaufman Says:

Yes, and every Succos people are injured by collapsing decks. there are also People regularly injured in house fires on Channukah. Are not those also tragic? Should we stop building succahs and lighting Channukah lecht? I have the highest regard for R' Kaminetsky but he is swimming upstream against a flood of earlier and greater poskim.

No you should stop building illegal decks that are unsafe to stand on or build a sukkah on, or stop building sukkas on decks that are unsafe!!!! And you should be responsible enough to watch your lecht and keep them in a safe place where they won't tip over and the children can't go near them. Same as drinking on Purim, don't overdo and over exaggerate the halacha or the shiur.

Every mitzvah should be done with careful thought and responsible action. Know what you are doing and do it l'shem Shamoyim and not as an excuse to do something that is otherwise unacceptable.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:00 PM Anonymous Says:

If any of you show up on my doorstep rip-roaring drunk, the most tsedakah you'll get is the mother of all lectures on substance abuse. Staggering around the neighborhood like idiots sets a HORRIBLE example to our kinderlach. Don't think you can justify your irresponsible behavior with halacha.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
BaalHabooze Says:

I get the feeling that this distiguished Rosh Yeshiva had intentions to just keep his Bochurim safe, and his "uptaich" of the Chazal was instructional for his bochurim - to drink responsibly and to a minimum. In today's day and age, and yes take into account the concept of yeridas hadoros, good frum bochurim in the year 2010 in general don't know how to act and often stray negatively when in a drunken stupor. When yidden, in generations gone by, got drunk on Purim it was a completely different scenario. They would dance with all their hearts in holiness and simcha and didn't have the dangers of drunk driving. This is perhaps a minhag that we should NOT try to fulfill to the maximum- especially our heiligeh yeshiva bochurim! Bochurim have been gravely injured and R"L killed because of drinking too much on Purim. That said, the Rosh Yeshiva's pshat isn't one too hard to hear. Afterall the mitzvah of U'Shmartem Me'od Es Nafshoseichem is a mitzvah on Purim too - and it's De'oraysa!

It starts with Purim and continues at Shabbos Kiddushim and at Chasunas. Once it starts it doesn't stop. Look at our young couples today, everyone knows the name and prices of the best liquor on the market and they wouldn't even touch what WE considered choshuv because it is too cheap for them. They would never make kiddush on just grape juice or wine, they have, excuse me that should be capitalized they HAVE to have mashkeh and their children see it and learn from it.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
moshe kamm Says:

This rav lives off the public opinion ,he must say this to keep people in his yeshiva and to support his pesach cruises and his trips around the world.If he preached the real truth ,most people wouldnt even listen to him.When moshe rabbenu had to appoint leaders,it says(parshas yisro perek 18 posuk 21)yisro advised him to appoint men of wealth.So they wouldnt have to flatter anyone or to hakir panim.How can anyone change what seems so obviously clear,get drunk on purim till you dont know the difference between cursed is haman and blessed is mordechai.I lived among goyim as well.It is a tremendous kiddush hashem when yidden get drunk,they dont get violent, aggresive ,or anything like that.look at the nations after they get drunk (super bowls)(mardi gras).They always start looting killing,and engaging in liscentious activities.I dont even know how the rav could have said you should sniff wine instead of drinking it.It is for a reason that chazal said if your rav looks like a malach elokim listen to him.rav moshe feinstein looked like a malach.does anyone know what he said about this,Or the steipler zatzal

Maybe not but they do say things they shouldn't. Ask the wive's what comments come out of they drunken husband's mouths, or even who they spoke to that they shouldn't have. Ask children how many times a drunken yid offered them booze to bring them to their own level of ad shelo yodoa. Ask a tired wife how she feels packing up all the children and dragging them to the car after the seudah and then having to drag their husbands or have someone drag their husbands to the car and drive them home after they had to prepare and deliver shelach monos, and take care of cranky kids all day while their husbands had their fun happily fulfilling their mitzvoh. Any woman who says she is happy her husband is drunk is lying for the sake of shalom bayis.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:15 PM Frum Mental Health Professional Says:

Reply to #10  
"l’besumei" Says:

O Oo Ooo this may give a whole new meaning for Ahhhaammm Sniffing? On Purim? Forget it ill stick to Drinking....much safer....

Actually, to the contrary, out of all of the addictive substances, using alcohol in excess is the most damaging. For instance detoxification from alcohol must be done under medical supervision as it can lead to death, while the detoxification process from heroin, a much more stigmitized drug, while quite uncomfortable, is not life threatining.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:19 PM RabbiYisroel Says:

Livsumei does not mean drunk. shikur means drunk. livsumei is a state of "intoxication". Intoxication does not mean drunk, it means to be in an altered state of consciousness.
One can become intoxicated through numerous mediums, happiness can be intoxicating, love can be intoxicating. b'samim can be intoxicating.
Rashi, defined livsumei as "Al Hayain" which could be interpreted to mean that only wine can be used on Purim (NOT vodka, beer, whiskey, scotch, etc etc". However the participle Ha before the word yaim needs to be looked at. Rashi does not write Al yain but al hayayin. Mekublim have only one reference to Hayain, THE wine, which is the wine of the Etz Hachaim, from before ma'aseh bereshis.
The mitzvah is to become very highly aware of the Purim miracle and the presence of Hashem
There is no mitzvah to get stupidrunk on Purim.
Purim Sameach.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:30 PM Yashikur Koach Says:

Reply to #54  
Anonymous Says:

only sniffing the wine.what are you a kairite?

Do you even know what a Karaite is? Karaites interpret the Torah shebaal peh literally (hence Kro-im mloshon mikra) and do not respect Rabbinic interpretation and takkanos. They do not celebrate either Chanuka or Purim for that reason.
Perhaps you started the mitzva of ad delo yada a little early this year. :-)

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:35 PM Anonymous Says:

If the chazal could not have anticipated the problems with excessive drinking on Purim, why is it such a big deal for a Gadol with the stature of Rav Kaminentsky to paskin that whatever they may have believed hundreds of years ago is no longer relevant and we must now follow new rules. He can do it respectfully without saying the Chazal were "wrong"; just that the minhag must change with the times.

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:46 PM moshe Says:

#58 and 2 you have to be first a yodah then you can maybe be lo yodah

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 03:55 PM macho'oh! Says:

Reply to #30  
moshe kamm Says:

This rav lives off the public opinion ,he must say this to keep people in his yeshiva and to support his pesach cruises and his trips around the world.If he preached the real truth ,most people wouldnt even listen to him.When moshe rabbenu had to appoint leaders,it says(parshas yisro perek 18 posuk 21)yisro advised him to appoint men of wealth.So they wouldnt have to flatter anyone or to hakir panim.How can anyone change what seems so obviously clear,get drunk on purim till you dont know the difference between cursed is haman and blessed is mordechai.I lived among goyim as well.It is a tremendous kiddush hashem when yidden get drunk,they dont get violent, aggresive ,or anything like that.look at the nations after they get drunk (super bowls)(mardi gras).They always start looting killing,and engaging in liscentious activities.I dont even know how the rav could have said you should sniff wine instead of drinking it.It is for a reason that chazal said if your rav looks like a malach elokim listen to him.rav moshe feinstein looked like a malach.does anyone know what he said about this,Or the steipler zatzal

I am mocheh at the bizayon of the one of the gedolei hador from your keyboard. Terrible chutzpah. And your facts are wrong as well.

Rav Shmuel shlit"a, in addition to being a godol in his own right, is also the sone of of a great godol, Rav Yankev zt"l.

You need to do teshuvoh. Did you perhaps start doing your pshat in ad delo yoda a few weeks too early and type while intoxicated?

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 04:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

the halacha is to drink! how can we take a rabbi seiously if he changes halacha for political correctness. I am not saying children should get drunk and there are ways around it but be honest!

even if you are right regarding the halacha -- the psak is not politically correctness - it is a mix of pikuach nefesh, and chillul hashem -- each of which may warrant eis laasos

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 04:18 PM Anonymous Says:

http://yehudamondfoundation.org/lechaim.asp

I'm not saying wether or not I think an adult man should be drinking on purim, everything needs to be done with shechal. Perhaps allowing your young son to see you drunk and out of control is NOT the best idea in such an awful time period. We all know the dangers our children are up against. PLEASE, just think before you do something this purim!

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 04:40 PM anti litfack Says:

the second the chasidim have fun the litfacks have to mess it up

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 04:33 PM Different types/levels of shikrus Says:

There are different types/levels of shikrus. There is an expression in Torah literature denoting extreme shikrus, called 'shikrus de'Lot' (being drunk as Lot, Avrohom avinu's nephew). So perhaps Rav Shmuel is saying, as well as Rashi, that it is assur to be shiker like Lot. But some limited drinking might be permissible. However, getting inTOXICated is toxic, chas vesholem

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 Feb 12, 2010 at 05:01 PM chuchem Says:

Reply to #63  
ari Says:

i have nothing against the rav, but for 1000 years rabbis have been saying that getting drunk on purim is proper. of course he is a great great rav but who is he to contradict all those before him and say that getting drunk on purim is an aveira?

he ment getting smashed

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 01:44 PM Anonymous Says:

R Noach Weinberg used to stand and say l'chaim, over and over, and say arur Haman l’baruch Mordechai until he couldn't say it straight. This is the problem with litvishe rabomim, they think because their semicha is more strenuous than a MO or the Chabad bsic semicha, they can go around and say getting drunk on torah is hepech the torah. just because you're rosh yeshiva of a sub par yeshiva doesn't mean you can say rashi, rambam and MINHAG YISROEL are hepech torah!! Once again I don't believe any of these "Rabbonim" are learning lishmo bclal other wise they would have more covod for RASHI which is poshut emes !!!

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 02:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
yiftach bedoro... Says:

bem'chilas kvod toras hagaon reb shmuel, chas lei lezar'ei de'avuha dishmuel to interpret a maamar chazal so allegorically. the pshuto shel mikra is that livasumei denotes inebriation. that is the literal definition of the word in aramaic. see sanhedrin 38a.

Doesn't lbsumei mean to "become happy" as in Koheles Rabba 11;9 or B.R explaining the name Bosmas?

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 04:33 PM Chossid Says:

Reply to #74  
macho'oh! Says:

I am mocheh at the bizayon of the one of the gedolei hador from your keyboard. Terrible chutzpah. And your facts are wrong as well.

Rav Shmuel shlit"a, in addition to being a godol in his own right, is also the sone of of a great godol, Rav Yankev zt"l.

You need to do teshuvoh. Did you perhaps start doing your pshat in ad delo yoda a few weeks too early and type while intoxicated?

You are right of course. I have met R' Shmuel a few times and it is clear that anybody who questions his yiras shomaim or koach HaTorah is plain nuts and not worth arguing with.
Having said that it cannot be disputed that for over 2000 years it has been the minhag of gedolei yisroel, chassidim and anshei maaseh and so on to get drunk on Purim. Probably the best solution is for each of us to ask his own Rov. Obviously R' Shmuel's talmidim are duty bound to obey him unquestioningly. Afilu oimrim al smoil yemin uyemin smoil.

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 07:10 PM daledamosofhalachah Says:

Mishna brura has been around for a while. Chofetz chaim states "kodem shenishtaker". i guess that means before you sniff! l'chaim! to that.

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 07:11 PM Former Philly boy Says:

Having learned in Philly years ago I can tell you that every Purim most of the boys were drunk. In fact many times I was in Reb Shmuel's house on Purim and most of the boys there were drunk. Reb Shmuel looked on very amused.

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 07:54 PM bucher Says:

tell this to all my chushiva rabbeim who have been getting plastered for years and years. I cannot stand these public notices about this. BE SAFE. but drink.

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 08:53 PM whoha! Says:

Its one thing to say that the mitzvah has resulted in the opposite effect that it intended to, therefore you should do other mitvah's so 'bishleimis' first, and leave that for others. But its quite another thing to give new meanings to century-old beliefs, and halacha. I don't know, the kuvod of rav shmuel is big enough, not to disagree with such a Gudol, but its fair to ask "maheichen Dantu"? (From where did you sanctioned it?) Like every baal din has the right to after bais din sanctions something

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 09:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #82  
Chossid Says:

You are right of course. I have met R' Shmuel a few times and it is clear that anybody who questions his yiras shomaim or koach HaTorah is plain nuts and not worth arguing with.
Having said that it cannot be disputed that for over 2000 years it has been the minhag of gedolei yisroel, chassidim and anshei maaseh and so on to get drunk on Purim. Probably the best solution is for each of us to ask his own Rov. Obviously R' Shmuel's talmidim are duty bound to obey him unquestioningly. Afilu oimrim al smoil yemin uyemin smoil.

Well 2,000 years ago people were "oleh b'regel" do you want to try that? We have learnt alot in 2,000 and have realized that being lenient on this issue and allowing it to go as far as it did has brought us too many casualties.

In addition, you can't even compare the level of yiddishkeit that we are at today to those of our former gedolim and their talmidim who didn't look for any and every excuse to drink and get drunk. Sometimes you just have to take the mitzvah at its simplest form and stop reading into it what you want to read into it.

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 09:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #78  
Different types/levels of shikrus Says:

There are different types/levels of shikrus. There is an expression in Torah literature denoting extreme shikrus, called 'shikrus de'Lot' (being drunk as Lot, Avrohom avinu's nephew). So perhaps Rav Shmuel is saying, as well as Rashi, that it is assur to be shiker like Lot. But some limited drinking might be permissible. However, getting inTOXICated is toxic, chas vesholem

Is anyone disputing the fact that the mitzvah is actually to drink "wine" at the seudah and not the night before or all day long????? Or later at the purim chagigah?

So let's get perspective here. Anyone who makes l'chaim all day long has taken that on as their own minhag and interpretation that does not make it the halacha.

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 09:10 PM whoha! Says:

Its one thing to say that the mitzvah has resulted in the opposite effect that it intended to, therefore you should do other mitvah's so 'bishleimis' first, and leave that for others. But its quite another thing to give new meanings to century-old beliefs, and halacha. I don't know, the kuvod of rav shmuel is big enough, not to disagree with such a Gudol, but its fair to ask "maheichen Dantu"? (From where did you sanctioned it?) Like every baal din has the right to after bais din sanctions something

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 09:36 PM Anonymous Says:

There is factual difference in what constitutes sakanah today, and our gedolim must take a stand on that. One of Reb Shmuel's statements was that the very interpretation that livsumei means getting drunk is itself an aveiroh. That is not something that is a current development, and a quick review of the poskim indicates that there was NEVER a halacha to get "drunk". It was to drink to achieve a physical component of simcha, not sloppy drunkeness.

I am not amused by the naysayers who wish to claim that Reb Shmuel was changing or being mevatel a minhag Yisroel. Nothing close. Just that there are way too many who mistakenly believe they are being mekayem the halacha by fulfilling their own personal wish to get "smashed". Reb Shmuel says that this is not the halacha, and it is an aveiro.

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 Feb 13, 2010 at 11:09 PM Alte Yid Says:

It could be that you can be yoteh the mitzvah as the RY suggested, but surely the mehadrin min hamehadrin (the more stringent who enhance the mitzvah) would be moisef v'holech (continue onward to add in quantity and quality of the drinking).

I am mechanech my children in this mitzvah from age 6 - as I was in der alte heim (old country back home), an B"H es shat zay nisht (they are not badly affected from this annual drinking).

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 12:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #84  
Former Philly boy Says:

Having learned in Philly years ago I can tell you that every Purim most of the boys were drunk. In fact many times I was in Reb Shmuel's house on Purim and most of the boys there were drunk. Reb Shmuel looked on very amused.

"Having learned in Philly...." What in the world did you learn there? How to drink?
We don't need yeshivas to teach bochrim to get shikkur. I hope u don't drive.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 12:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
moshe kamm Says:

This rav lives off the public opinion ,he must say this to keep people in his yeshiva and to support his pesach cruises and his trips around the world.If he preached the real truth ,most people wouldnt even listen to him.When moshe rabbenu had to appoint leaders,it says(parshas yisro perek 18 posuk 21)yisro advised him to appoint men of wealth.So they wouldnt have to flatter anyone or to hakir panim.How can anyone change what seems so obviously clear,get drunk on purim till you dont know the difference between cursed is haman and blessed is mordechai.I lived among goyim as well.It is a tremendous kiddush hashem when yidden get drunk,they dont get violent, aggresive ,or anything like that.look at the nations after they get drunk (super bowls)(mardi gras).They always start looting killing,and engaging in liscentious activities.I dont even know how the rav could have said you should sniff wine instead of drinking it.It is for a reason that chazal said if your rav looks like a malach elokim listen to him.rav moshe feinstein looked like a malach.does anyone know what he said about this,Or the steipler zatzal

In Lakewood, at the BMG mesiba after the seduah, the police used to say that they had a hard time believing it. In a bar, if there are even two drunks there is always a fight. In the yeshiva there were hundreds of drunk men dancing and nobody got hurt....

This is clearly an example like many others of Rabbis "kvetching" whatever pshat they want into the halacha in order to stay politically correct.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 12:43 AM Anonymous Says:

This business of making fun of roshei yeshivos is disgusting. Who are you people to disagree with the rosh yeshiva? The orsh yeshiva stated clearly the root wrod and explained pshat and you have the nerve to make all the comments. Why doesn't thie editor on this site moderate this site a bit better and refuse to put on any comments that are dergitory towards rabanim and roshei yeshivos?

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 02:06 AM Anonymous Says:

There is too much mashkeh in gevisse kehillos mit ah tikkun after shacharis. Perhaps there should be a ban on trinken nokhn davenin shacharis especially
when people plan to drive a car and that is a sakanah and against the law.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 07:33 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #87  
Anonymous Says:

Well 2,000 years ago people were "oleh b'regel" do you want to try that? We have learnt alot in 2,000 and have realized that being lenient on this issue and allowing it to go as far as it did has brought us too many casualties.

In addition, you can't even compare the level of yiddishkeit that we are at today to those of our former gedolim and their talmidim who didn't look for any and every excuse to drink and get drunk. Sometimes you just have to take the mitzvah at its simplest form and stop reading into it what you want to read into it.

I have myself in the past 10 years been by truly great gedolim who were real shikkur on Purim. Their talk was almost like ruach hakoidesh. It appears to be a case of nechnas yayin yotzo soid.
Also how many heimishe yidden do you know "look for every excuse to drink and get drunk"?

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 09:40 AM shoshb Says:

the Rav refers to those at risk. ask an ex-addict and he will tell you that no one ever become an alcoholic from drinking on purim. No One. i think in sch a time, and such situations it is our obligation to get the advice from ex- addicts with many years of sobriety who leads a life of torah and yirat shamayim, and they are out there. indeed few but are exists. i know that no "professional" can relate and understand addicts, only ex addict can. and maybe r shmuel, r yakov horwitz should ask those poeple for an opinion.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #71  
Yashikur Koach Says:

Do you even know what a Karaite is? Karaites interpret the Torah shebaal peh literally (hence Kro-im mloshon mikra) and do not respect Rabbinic interpretation and takkanos. They do not celebrate either Chanuka or Purim for that reason.
Perhaps you started the mitzva of ad delo yada a little early this year. :-)

if you're gonna be so indignant and insulting, at least be right.

not quite sure how one would interpret torah sebaal peh literally. i think you mean torah shebichsav.

bad job.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #94  
Anonymous Says:

This business of making fun of roshei yeshivos is disgusting. Who are you people to disagree with the rosh yeshiva? The orsh yeshiva stated clearly the root wrod and explained pshat and you have the nerve to make all the comments. Why doesn't thie editor on this site moderate this site a bit better and refuse to put on any comments that are dergitory towards rabanim and roshei yeshivos?

obviously R' Shmuel is a rosh yeshiva and deserves respect.

but why is disagreeing with him disrespectful, especially with shroshim in har'rei kodesh!

many of those who disagreed in comment did it respectfully. please rebut them not the others.

and please rebut them. im not certain it can be done.

we aren't christians, what holy people say is to be digested and debated, not taken like sheep.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 11:49 AM bz Says:

"dor dor v'dorshav...dor dor v'chachamav." In every generation hashem places specific leaders which are tailor made for that specific tkefua since sheshes yemei bereshis. "Yiftach b'doro k'Shmuel b;doro" and the right to darshan and guide based on torah values and ideals...with the mekoros supporting their assesment of the present needs of that tekufa are in their hands. ( if you ask whats the difference between this and reform doctrine i say there is an answer;however this is not the forum for it, neither is that question an answer to invalidate the above stated yesod) One may not like/appreciate/agree the rosh yeshivas statement, but must frame it in the proper system of the understanding of our leadership for the past many thousand years.(Mordechai was mevatel many mitzvos doraissa and derabbonon while being gozer a 3 day tzom on pesach!...imagine what the bloggers were saying then!) May Hashem guide us and bring only shalom and bracha to ll of klal yisroel. a freilichen purim to all!

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Why do we make a brucha motzei shobbos "borei minei bsamim?" Perhaps for the same reason the Rav Kaminetzky is stating. The Rav is making a big chidush. I need to think about this more closely. Does anyone know if the Noam Elimelech has a peirush on this inyan? I would love to learn what he was mechadish on Purim.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 12:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Rav Shmuel Shlita is really not being mechadeish something. Anyone who ever learned by Rav Pam zt"l knows that his Purim chagiga had no holilos and he did not appreciate bochurim getting shikur and acting like drunken fools. He would be totally serious and would hardly crack a smile. He would sing a special purim niggun that was quite somber. But the bottom line was you felt the kiddusha just being there.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 01:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #91  
Alte Yid Says:

It could be that you can be yoteh the mitzvah as the RY suggested, but surely the mehadrin min hamehadrin (the more stringent who enhance the mitzvah) would be moisef v'holech (continue onward to add in quantity and quality of the drinking).

I am mechanech my children in this mitzvah from age 6 - as I was in der alte heim (old country back home), an B"H es shat zay nisht (they are not badly affected from this annual drinking).

"B'H es shat zay nisht." Ah nehkhtiger tug! The drinking is disgusting.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 01:36 PM Anonymous Says:

The drunkeness and recklessness on Purim reflect the general failure of haredi
yeshivas to educate their students. Ultra-Orthodox fanatics consistently
display rudeness, boorish behavior and a general lack of consideration for
others. In their synagogues, they think that through loud davening and
enthusiastic rocking back and forth Hashem is pleased with them. That is not
so. Ultra-Orthodox theology places a premium on rancid ritual at the expense of
ethical and humanitarian conduct. There are good people in the ultra-Orthodox
Jewish community who are sincere in their beliefs. Unfortunately, the
inconsiderate and boorish members of the community make things bad
for the rest of us. It would be wise to refrain from drunken driving this Purim.
Those who drive drunk should be thrown in jail---I don't care if their beards
go down to their toes. Such rowdiness is horrible and has nothing to do with
real religion.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 02:23 PM Anonymous Says:

In Shulchan Aruch it says " Ebilvad Sheyecavayn Lebo Lashamayim". In other words, if it becomes apparent that people are NOT doing it Leshaym Shamayim and as a result their drunkeness is causing alll types of problems, then they would not be fulfilling this Din properly and it would be forbidden. This is plain Shulchan Aruch. I dont know why the rabbi needs to resort to Pshetlach. I guess his intentions are Leshaym Shamayim. ( but regarding saying "Pshetlach" of Halachos in Torah, does the SA say the same thing that you can invent them - as long as they are Leshaym Shamayim? )

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 02:54 PM Tvi Bar David Says:

It's never acceptable to open yourself up to public ridicule and bring disgrace on your parents and family. Look how disgusting the goyim are on St Patrick's Day.

End of story. Happy Purim.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 04:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #104  
Anonymous Says:

The drunkeness and recklessness on Purim reflect the general failure of haredi
yeshivas to educate their students. Ultra-Orthodox fanatics consistently
display rudeness, boorish behavior and a general lack of consideration for
others. In their synagogues, they think that through loud davening and
enthusiastic rocking back and forth Hashem is pleased with them. That is not
so. Ultra-Orthodox theology places a premium on rancid ritual at the expense of
ethical and humanitarian conduct. There are good people in the ultra-Orthodox
Jewish community who are sincere in their beliefs. Unfortunately, the
inconsiderate and boorish members of the community make things bad
for the rest of us. It would be wise to refrain from drunken driving this Purim.
Those who drive drunk should be thrown in jail---I don't care if their beards
go down to their toes. Such rowdiness is horrible and has nothing to do with
real religion.

How do you know what is pleasing to Hashem? That is how reform and conservative heresy started, i.e., "oh I know better than Hashem, when he says don't eat pork, I know he doesn't really care, I mean come on, that makes no sense." We have a torah that tells us what hashem wants, maybe his intellect is higher than yours that you won't understand all the mitzvas, but our rabbis laid out what hashem wants. and al pi shulchan aruch and the rov one has to say l'chaim.

one should reach the level of Gorel, like the posuk says, "koru hayomim haele purim, al-shem ha pur", named after the iker hanes Haman wanted to bring out the level of gorel to a point in which jews and goyim are equal, where no choice is more likely than the other. Indeed that's what happened and the aybeshter still chose us. when we say we are chosen we are refering to being chosen on the physical level, because free choice doesn't exist on the level of neshama, there the jew is clearly superior, and the choice would be forced civiyochal, rather G-d chose us here on the level of gorel. and that is why we are b'simcha, don't listen to this misnagid, Zog l'chaim and don't be m'vatal a mitzvas ase.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 06:42 PM litvak Says:

Reply to #77  
anti litfack Says:

the second the chasidim have fun the litfacks have to mess it up

he said it to litvaks not chasidim

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 06:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #107  
Anonymous Says:

How do you know what is pleasing to Hashem? That is how reform and conservative heresy started, i.e., "oh I know better than Hashem, when he says don't eat pork, I know he doesn't really care, I mean come on, that makes no sense." We have a torah that tells us what hashem wants, maybe his intellect is higher than yours that you won't understand all the mitzvas, but our rabbis laid out what hashem wants. and al pi shulchan aruch and the rov one has to say l'chaim.

one should reach the level of Gorel, like the posuk says, "koru hayomim haele purim, al-shem ha pur", named after the iker hanes Haman wanted to bring out the level of gorel to a point in which jews and goyim are equal, where no choice is more likely than the other. Indeed that's what happened and the aybeshter still chose us. when we say we are chosen we are refering to being chosen on the physical level, because free choice doesn't exist on the level of neshama, there the jew is clearly superior, and the choice would be forced civiyochal, rather G-d chose us here on the level of gorel. and that is why we are b'simcha, don't listen to this misnagid, Zog l'chaim and don't be m'vatal a mitzvas ase.

"How do you know what is pleasing to Hashem?" Answer: Showing
consideration to others and avoiding rowdiness and intoxication. People like
you desecrate God's Torah and besmirch the name of religion. The person you
responded to is not talking about eating khazir. You cannot read. This is not
about reform. You apparently belong in reform school.

"Oybeshter chose us..." Yes, but not to act like degenerates.
You defend drunken rowdiness? You talk about listening to your rabbis?
What about Rabbi Kamenetsky? Is beard is not long enough for you? Tipish!
. "Our rabbis laid out...." . Your rabbis didn't
teach you to get smashed. That's not yiddishkeit. I hope you don't plan to drive.
Drunk driving is against the law. If you get into trouble, you have nobody but
yourself to blame.

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 Feb 14, 2010 at 10:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #70  
RabbiYisroel Says:

Livsumei does not mean drunk. shikur means drunk. livsumei is a state of "intoxication". Intoxication does not mean drunk, it means to be in an altered state of consciousness.
One can become intoxicated through numerous mediums, happiness can be intoxicating, love can be intoxicating. b'samim can be intoxicating.
Rashi, defined livsumei as "Al Hayain" which could be interpreted to mean that only wine can be used on Purim (NOT vodka, beer, whiskey, scotch, etc etc". However the participle Ha before the word yaim needs to be looked at. Rashi does not write Al yain but al hayayin. Mekublim have only one reference to Hayain, THE wine, which is the wine of the Etz Hachaim, from before ma'aseh bereshis.
The mitzvah is to become very highly aware of the Purim miracle and the presence of Hashem
There is no mitzvah to get stupidrunk on Purim.
Purim Sameach.

Chabibi do you really think Rashi meant the wine of Eitz Hachayim. I dont think you could pick that up at the neighborhood liquor store even in rashi's times. And i dont think you can be medayik yayin and not other mashke, that was just the most common form of alchohol in rashi's days

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 Feb 15, 2010 at 03:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #99  
Anonymous Says:

obviously R' Shmuel is a rosh yeshiva and deserves respect.

but why is disagreeing with him disrespectful, especially with shroshim in har'rei kodesh!

many of those who disagreed in comment did it respectfully. please rebut them not the others.

and please rebut them. im not certain it can be done.

we aren't christians, what holy people say is to be digested and debated, not taken like sheep.

"not taken like sheep.” actually you are supposed to listen to gedolim like sheep! not debated

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 Feb 15, 2010 at 03:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #57  
DerNister Says:

I don't understand why R. Kaminetsky had to go engage in linguisitc sophistry to reach his conclusion that people ought not drink to excess on Purim. First there is the interpretation of the Rema which could have more easily been emphasized than distorting the plain meaning of the text; drink a small bit more than one is used to and go to sleep. When one sleeps he doesn't know the difference between Haman and Mordechai. Secondly, even if one adopts Rashi's view of l'hishtaker (I believe that Rashi said with wine only becuase he was a vintner, and wine was probably the alcoholic beverage most readily available to him), like any mitzvah it should be practiced if it is safe to do so. In 2010 America, it is not safe for young boys and men to get drunk, and therefore once should not do so.

"First there is the interpretation of the Rema which could have more easily been emphasized than distorting the plain meaning of the text; drink a small bit more than one is used to and go to sleep. When one sleeps he doesn't know the difference between Haman and Mordechai." This is exactly what the Rav of the shule where I grew up many years ago told me. He still does this, and I have adopted this interpretation myself. We once found a bachur on our front lawn throwing up, then sleeping next to the mess. I brought my (then) young kids out, and gave them an object lesson in what happens when a person gets drunk, and what it looks like to other people. B"H they have never found the need to get drunk!

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 Feb 15, 2010 at 09:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #109  
Anonymous Says:

"How do you know what is pleasing to Hashem?" Answer: Showing
consideration to others and avoiding rowdiness and intoxication. People like
you desecrate God's Torah and besmirch the name of religion. The person you
responded to is not talking about eating khazir. You cannot read. This is not
about reform. You apparently belong in reform school.

"Oybeshter chose us..." Yes, but not to act like degenerates.
You defend drunken rowdiness? You talk about listening to your rabbis?
What about Rabbi Kamenetsky? Is beard is not long enough for you? Tipish!
. "Our rabbis laid out...." . Your rabbis didn't
teach you to get smashed. That's not yiddishkeit. I hope you don't plan to drive.
Drunk driving is against the law. If you get into trouble, you have nobody but
yourself to blame.

Once again an am aretz with no bittul. I bring sources from Toyruh and you say, avoiding rowdiness is what hashem wants? that sounds like reform suday school, read halacha. Whats wrong with Rabbi Kamenetsky? he has no standing and no right to say rashi, the rambam, Chofetz Chaim and Shulchan Aruch are wrong, and more than that say they are hepech to torah, RACHMANA LITZLAN! Read the story of rabba and R' zeira with rashi. the fact that rabba invites him to get shiker again is what shows that the mitzvah still exists. Further more it's been the minhag tzadikim and yisroel for thousands of years, This rabbi sits in his yeshiva all day while people worship him and he gets a big enough head to think he can overturn rashi CHOS V;SHOLOM!

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 Feb 15, 2010 at 02:01 PM Anonymous Says:

"Once again an am aretz with no bittul." You are a shaygets and shmendrik,
You defend getting drunk in the name of yiddishkeit. You cannot read Hebrew
and the only source you cite is Johnny Walker. #113 disgraces all yeedin
with his shreklikhe chillul Hashem. "What's wrong with Rabbi Kamenetsky"?
What's wrong with you shmendrik? If you disagree with Rabbi Kamenetsky,
can't you express your views in a civil fashion? "Read the story of rabba &
r zeira with rashi"? This does not give you a right to be a drunk driver
or engage in hoylilus. You should get a job.

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 Feb 15, 2010 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #113  
Anonymous Says:

Once again an am aretz with no bittul. I bring sources from Toyruh and you say, avoiding rowdiness is what hashem wants? that sounds like reform suday school, read halacha. Whats wrong with Rabbi Kamenetsky? he has no standing and no right to say rashi, the rambam, Chofetz Chaim and Shulchan Aruch are wrong, and more than that say they are hepech to torah, RACHMANA LITZLAN! Read the story of rabba and R' zeira with rashi. the fact that rabba invites him to get shiker again is what shows that the mitzvah still exists. Further more it's been the minhag tzadikim and yisroel for thousands of years, This rabbi sits in his yeshiva all day while people worship him and he gets a big enough head to think he can overturn rashi CHOS V;SHOLOM!

"he invites him to get shiker again shows mitsvah still exists today..." No, it
does not, It is an avairah. It's a minhag reshaim who do not know pshat and
dray things around to satisfy their disgusting yetser harah. That's what you're
doing here. See Shulchan Aruch 695 with Rama & Mishnah Berurah ---if
you're capable of understanding anything.

Guys like #113 cause our community lots of tsuhris. Shikrus
is a big problem on Purim. Speak to Hatzala volunteers. They're hands are
full because of tipshim like blogger #113 vus reht zikh ine az men meg zich
af-feern vee prusteh menshen mit mashkeh ah gantzn purim, nebekh.
Der shoite halt az HaRav Kamenetsky iz ah reform rabbi. Pal, at least stay
indoors and don't drive drunk. You can get arrested.

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 Feb 17, 2010 at 01:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

huh???? and this that the Rambam ad shyardeim mshiruso is against Torah??!!! Ch"V!!!!

and the shulchan aruch??? and kama gdolim vtovim mimen........???!!!!!!

and the Maasa of Rabba and Rav Zeira???!!!!

Its one thing to say that you don't wan't to pasken that you must drink......!!!! but to erase everyone that does and 2,500 years of jewish history, that I just don't get, sorry!!

just by the way he actually mentions the maasa and says that after that they almost completly got rid of the mitzva! maybe there are people greater than you that know a bit more! besides the fact that he was very badly quoted.

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