Drunk Jewish teens pass out at pre-Purim party


Twenty-two adolescents drink to a stupor at club, some losing consciousness. Police open investigation into who sold alcohol illegally

ed note–keep in mind, that on Purim Jews are instructed to get so drunk they can’t see straight. Following suit, ‘Christians’ do the same thing with Mardi Gras.
Of the three monotheistic faiths, it is only Islam that expressly forbids engaging in this kind of madness.
Twenty-two teenagers aged 16-17 from Hod Hasharon became intoxicated at a club in the Even Yehuda area and four of them were evacuated to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba after losing consciousness.
One of the youths has already been released after treatment and the three others are being hospitalized. Police have opened an investigation in order to clarify who sold them the alcohol despite the fact that they are underage.
The adolescents arrived at the club via pre-arranged transportation to celebrate at a pre-Purim party.
Magen David Adom teams were called to the scene after receiving a report about teens losing consciousness. Eighteen of them were treated on the spot and some of them were taken home by their parents.
“It is hard to fathom the children in a situation like this,” said one of the paramedics who arrived at the scene. “They were simply drunk and spoke nonsense, even to people who tried helping. It was scary to see and even scarier to know that parents send their kids to parties and don’t even know what they are doing there.”
The police investigation revealed that the teens arrived at the party fully equipped with alcohol and left the club numerous times in order to drink more. The police immediately put an end to the party and asked the club owners to close for the night. “We will check who brought the alcohol there and who sold it to the teens. We will locate and try the person,” said the police.
The Hod Hasharon Municipality responded by saying, “a police team was alerted during a routine patrol to disperse a group of loitering teens in a public space. The team discovered that it was a private adolescent get-together and that some of them were intoxicated.
“In light of the irregular incident, schools were instructed to enhance their alcohol-related pedagogic activities, in cooperation with the adolescents’ parents and the Education Ministry. Such activities were already held on Thursday morning.”

Rabbis: Don’t drink too much on Purim

In unique cooperation, Anti-Drug Authority and senior religious Zionist rabbis call on youth to avoid excessive alcohol consumption during holiday

ed note–it goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway–The Judaic religion and the culture it creates is nothing short of a coo coo’s nest. The fact that any amount of time and energy needs to be devoted to discussing the ‘proper’ method of Jews getting drunk off their asses during Purim, rather than discussing their duty to their fellow man in terms of applying the rules of compassion, honesty and fairness delineates why the Jews as a people are a backwards, myopic cult whose collective behavior is the reason that the rest of the sane world has dealt with them over history the way they have.
Senior religious Zionist rabbis are calling on teenagers to avoid excessive alcohol consumption during Purim, in spite of the command to drink until one does not know the difference between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordechai.”
As part of an advertising campaign ahead of the Jewish holiday, Rabbi Haim Druckman is urging religious youth to “appoint a friend to supervise those drinking against danger,” while Rabbi Dov Lior has ruled that “they had better not get drunk.”
The initiative was launched by the Israel Anti-Drug Authority together with the Nadav organization for religious youth at risk, which have been posting since last weekend large ads in the sector’s newspapers, synagogue bulletins and websites, under the title: “In Purim it’s a mitzvah to be happy – just don’t regret it.”
“Although in Purim it’s a mitzvah to drink, there is no mitzvah to do things that you’ll regret, and it is not permitted to cross the line and violate Torah prohibitions,” the ads read. “So before you drink the next glass, think: When you drink, you are unaware of the danger.”
The ads conclude by wishing the teens a “Happy Purim. Don’t make it a sad one!”
Observe mitzvah ‘rationally’
Rabbi Druckman turns to the youth in the ads, saying that “the mitzvah of drinking on Purim does not permit excessive drinking, debauchery and unlimited intoxication. I call on the youth and their parents to beware of drinking too much on Purim.”
Rabbi Lior quotes Halachic rulers, who said that those who know intoxication will make them behave “recklessly” or disregard the Torah commandments – should avoid it, so that “all their acts will be in God’s name.”
He adds, “They had better not drink alcohol in a way that may – God forbid – break the boundaries of modesty.”
According to Anti-Drug Authority Chairman Zvi Hendel, “Drinking on Purim is a mitzvah, but like any other mitzvah it must be observed rationally. Unfortunately, many feel that the mitzvah to drink gives them a permission to get drunk, and that is not the case.
“I hope that common sense and the rabbis’ words will reach every Jewish home, and that the mitzvah will lead to happiness rather than sadness, God forbid. I believe that the fact that an advertising campaign has been launched for the first time, encouraged by leading religious Zionist rabbis, will help convey this important message, instill it in the hearts and turn the upcoming Purim into a happy, yet sober, holiday.”
This isn’t the first time rabbis criticize the habit of getting drunk, although it is considered a mitzvah. Shas’ spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia, Yosef, ruled three years ago that “drunkenness is an abominable and nefarious act” and that on Purim one must drink very little wine, only as a symbolic act to remember Ahasuerus’ feast – without getting intoxicated.
“Haman was drunk, but we must practice good manners,” the rabbi said, recommending that one drink until one falls asleep – a situation in which one does not distinguish between “cursed be Haman and “blessed be Mordechai.”

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