Blog Schedule And Alcohol Note
Tonight is the beginning of the Jewish Holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.
So there won't be any new posts until the holidays are over on Tuesday night about an hour after sundown.
To all of you who celebrate the holidays, Chag Samayach!
As most of you know, drinking alcohol has become a large part of Simchat Torah for many haredi and Orthodox Jews.
Just to be clear, you have no halakhic obligation to drink alcohol but you do have a prohibition against getting drunk.
Further, wine – not hard liquor – is the beverage the Talmud associates with simcha, happiness and rejoicing.
The proper way to consume alcohol on Simchat Torah is to have a glass or two of wine – not a bottle of "mashka" or whiskey.
Every Simchat Torah, people – including an alarming number of children – have to rushed to a hospital because of alcohol poisoning. There are deaths associated with this.
Try to think about how your behavior impacts the children who see you, and ask yourself whether your personal preference for alcohol abuse justifies the damage you will most certainly do to others.
Then don't drink at all or drink very responsibly.