Getting Drunk on Purim – Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman

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The following is a letter from R’ Aharon Lein Shteinman regarding getting drunk on Purim.

The gist of it is that Purim is an Es Ratzon, a moment of extreme need, and that from the Zohar Yom HaKippurim (Yom Kippur) is “like Purim” (KePurim). Therefore this is a time to show the love of one person to another (Ahava Ish LeReihu). He also requests that more emphasis is spent on learning Torah in a straight manner (derech Yashar) that day rather than on simply getting drunk.