...except for me and my monkey! "Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see." -Rene Magritte

Thursday, March 01, 2007

"Why do we get drunk on Purim?"

On the holiday Purim (this weekend!), Jews are supposed to drink until they can't tell the difference between "cursed is Haman" and "blessed is Mordechai." Here, you can listen to Reb Asi, the Chabad rabbi in Eugene, give an hour-long explanation of why it's a mitzvah (commandment) to get drunk on Purim. Reb Asi and his wife Aviva are the Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries serving Jewish students at the University of Oregon; he's the rabbi I interviewed back in January.