Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Pour’em - Until What?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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    We are told to drink so much on Purim that we cannot tell the difference between “Bless Mordechai and curse Haman,” or the other way around! What does this mean? How is it possible to drink like that?

    First, for a well known fact: if you mix drinks – whiskey, wine and vodka or whatever - the chances are that you are going to become violently ill and miss the entire point of the party. (You will also earn the great disrespect, to put it mildly, of the one who has to clean up after you.) It is best to drink wine since wine was served at the original Purim party.[i] Whatever taste you prefer is fine, but stick to one type throughout the entire day.

    The spiritual task on Purim is not simply to be happy. We must try to experience the highest spiritual joy possible. This joy comes when Hashem’s Presence is unmasked. How can drinking on Purim do this? By breaking down the human system of logic that prevents this understand from dawning. We try to take a peek into the greatest mystery of all. This can happen only when there is joy, and this joy has to be the joy that comes from doing a mitzvah. We are not searching for mere physical joy, such as the joy that comes from eating and drinking. But on Purim, even the joy that comes from eating and drinking is a mitzvah!

    Once, there was a holy king. This king was not just an ordinary king. This king demonstrated his royalty by exuding a wondrous feeling of bliss. This feeling was so strong and so enjoyable that when his subjects would come into the palace for a feast, they would say, “This feeling emanating from the king is so wonderful, if only there could be more of it.” They reasoned that the only thing stopping the king's bliss from entirely filling the room was their own bodies, which took up so much space.

     They decided to shrink in order to leave more room for the king’s bliss. And it worked. As they shrunk, more and more bliss filled the room. They enjoyed the additional bliss so much that they shrunk again and again until finally, they completely disappeared.

    Unfortunately, this left the king with a problem. “I want to enjoy a feast with my subjects, but every time I invite them over,“ he complained, “they disappear on me. I want to eat and drink with my friends, but they evaporate right before my eyes. I don’t want to eat and drink all this food by myself.”

      “Wait a minute, I know what I can do,” he reasoned. “After all, I am the king, so I can do whatever I want. I’m going to apportion myself around the banquet table. I am going to take small portions of myself and form these individual portions into different people, and on each person I am going to put a distinct mask. Each portion is going to see itself solely as the person that its mask depicts. And this mask is going to be stuck on each portion so that none will be able to remove its mask for the entire party. Maybe some portions will be able to sneak a peek from time to time, but for the most part, the masks are going to be permanently affixed.”

    “What a party it will be! There will be eating and drinking and grand entertainment, with everyone ordering whatever he wants and eating whatever he orders. Then, at the appropriate time, when the feast is over, the strings holding on the masks will be loosened and each portion will be able to lift off its mask. Everyone will see it was really only me sitting there the entire time.”

    This is the hidden story of Purim. This is why we wear masks and costumes on Purim, hiding our true identity. The truth is, only the King will be at your Purim meal, but you will not know this because logic tells you that you and your friends are the only ones there.

    And this is why we drink so much on Purim. When the wine goes in, the mysteries come out. This year, when you are so very drunk, try to recall who is really filling your body. Try to take a peek under your mask.

    “Know this day and take it to your heart that the L-rd is G-d; in the heavens above and upon the earth below there is nothing else.” Ain od! (There is no other).[ii]

[i] Esther 1:7
[ii] Deuteronomy 4:39


  1. In these critical times, when nations are challenging one another and violence is increasing in an unbelievable manner, the Jews have the power to bring about peace in the entire world.
    In order that the entire world should be orderly, it is essential that each and every one of the "seventy nations" should be influenced so that they will work on settling the world through spreading the Seven Mitzvos & influencing the nations to keep their mitzvos, in order to assist our task of making the world into a dwelling place for G-d, and help bring about the arrival of Moshiach. Every individual must do everything possible to hasten his coming. In order to bring awareness of these Seven Mitzvos to the world I have recently created a blog for this sole purpose


    Please add this to your blogroll (& encourage your fellow bloggers to add my blog or add it to their social networking sites) to help spread the awareness of the existence of these Noahide Commandments.

  2. Ah, Noahide, that refers to all goyim, including Hitler. Where is the reward in that. Zero. Historically it was first brought by the followers of the historical Jesus (not the xtian lie you are familiar with) as a beginning point where the pagans would be allowed to interact with the Jews. That includes to begin to learn Torah. No where is it the end of the game.

    Last Purim I had a good friend who was on medication and drank a bottle of vodka. We buried him on the day of Purim. Hopefully this one will be a bit more joyful.

  3. Shalom "Creed of Noah",
    Do not be discouraged by the words of dissenters. They will always be amongst us, right up until the end. Your writings were the most beautiful, perfectly in tune with reality. When two men wrestle, and one begins to win, the “other” one fights harder. When the dissenter saw your beautiful words he raised up with all his dissention to oppose you.
    I thank you for being you. Keep up your good work. You will see your words bare fruit.
    May Hashem bless you and all whom you bring closer to His will.
    Be well

  4. Gutman, telling the truth about a historical teaching is dissenting? Don't think so. Do you hate the goyim that much to prevent them from entering the World to Come? Are you that unaware of the source of the teaching long before the Talmud?

  5. The Lubavitcher Rebbe stressed the need to spread the Noahide Laws.

    Shiloh: should we listen to him or you?

    Just saying....

  6. Devorah, why don't you research the teaching? Why don't you look for the source long before the invention of the Talmud? Why don't you look at why it was given and why Jews would not allow any contact with the goyim at the time it was started.

    There is no promise for kippur nor a place in the world to come for the people that follow that teaching. According to the Talmud, all goyim are Bnei Noach.

    I stress that even the goyim should do their utmost to follow the Torah. The rabbi's including your idol teach contrary. Listen to whom you wish.

  7. In the spirit of Purim...drink another L'Chaim! Vnahapoich Hu!


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