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Jewrisprudence: Drinking on Purim: Cocktails and Mock-Tales

  • March 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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How is our timeless halakhic (Jewish legal) system responding to questions of Jewish law emerging from our fast-paced, open-sourced, multi-vocal, technology-saturated, and rapidly-changing world? Join Rabbi Adina Lewittes as we analyze contemporary teshuvot (rabbinic responses), study the systems of change that have maintained the relevance of Jewish observance for millennia, explore the dynamism within the boundaries of Jewish law, and learn to articulate, in the language of tradition, the commitments to observance and practice that frame your Jewish life.

Drinking on Purim is a well-known feature of our holiday revelry, but where does this tradition come from and what do halakhic (Jewish legal) sources teach regarding its observance? How do we incorporate concerns about alcohol consumption, addiction and substance abuse into this communal custom?


Upcoming sessions:

  • March 11: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Transportation on Shabbat
  • March 18: No class
  • March 25: No class
  • April 1: Pesah Prep in the Modern Kitchen, or, Pre-Pesah Liberation
  • April 8: No class (Pesah)
  • April 15: No class (Pesah)
  • April 29: No class (Yom Ha’atzmaut)
  • May 13: No class

We will address many more current halakhic questions througout the series. Suggestions are always welcome!


B’nai Jeshurun
(212) 787-7600
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257 West 88th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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