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(RNS) Purim is an exercise in radical spiritual destabilization, the one day each year when Judaism's otherwise exacting tradition recognizes that sometimes drunken revelry is a supremely reasonable response to the world.


  1. Chag Purim Sameach! I love this commentary – it expresses the meaning of this Chag so well. Living in South Africa, we live a very esoteric Jewish life and many non-Jews really do not understand all our holidays, traditions and customs. Would you mind if I published your post on my blog? Obviously with all credit to you. Thanks in anticipation and Shavuah Tov.