What's the point of getting drunk?
|photo of shofrot taken in Moriah Judaica store|
in the Old City, Jerusalem
As in all Jewish festive meals, there can be wine, but we're never supposed to drink enough to get out of control, ok except Purim when drinking is supposed to put us to sleep. And then on the 10th of Tishrei is Yom Kippur, when we don't eat or drink. We fast for twenty-five hours and spend most of the day in prayer beseeching Gd for forgiveness. And we don't just pray for ourselves; we pray for the entire Jewish People. Our prayers are in the plural. There's no such thing as saying:
"I don't need Yom Kippur prayers and fasting. I was just perfect this past year."We can't be forgiven unless we pray for the entire Jewish People, because we're all in this together. We are one.
Our enjoyment and celebrations do not need liquor.
עבדו את ה' בשמחה
Ivdu et Hashem b'SimchaWorship Gd with Joy
Vi'Samachta b'ChagechaBe Joyful in Your Holiday
Our joy and celebrations come from worshipping Gd and keeping His Commandments, not drinking hard liquor and losing control.
Drinking too much causes more tragedy than joy. So, I hope you celebrated the New Year in a good healthy way.
Since it is forbidden to photograph on Rosh Hashanah, here's a shofar blast from Israeli Independence Day.