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COMMENTARY: On Purim, seize the day

(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.

Jews worry about Purim's endorsement of alcohol

(RNS) Too many times, Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb has seen the high cost of Purim's darker side, the "ugly and despicable behavior" of young yeshiva students who drink to excess on a day that is equal parts Halloween and Fat Tuesday. By Meredith A. Bennett-Smith.