The Rabbis of the Talmud said, "A person is obligated to drink on Purim until he can no longer distinguish between "cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordachai." This statement of the early rabbis who lived during the Talmud (about 1700-1800 years ago) had caused much concern by the later rabbis.
For more on drinking during Purim please visit "the people of Mea Shaerim" under the "meet the people" gallery.
Drunk Haredim at a synagogue in the district of Mea Shaerim during the Purim celebrations, Jerusalem, Israel, 2012.
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