WINE IN THE TANACH
1. Who was the woman suspected of drinking too much wine?
2. Who was plied with drink by his daughters?
3. Who is described in the Bible as being 'very drunk'?
4. Who was murdered in a drunken state?
5. Whose portion of the Land of Israel was blessed with wine?
6. Where in the Bible was a battle lost because of the drunkenness of the King and his officers?
7. Who was the first person to get drunk in the Bible?
8. Who met his downfall at a wine banquet?
One of the most unusual mitzvot of our Torah year is to drink on Purim until we cannot tell the difference between Haman the accursed and Mordechai the blessed.
We spend most of our waking hours thinking we know right from wrong. We sit in judgment on people and on issues. In the courtrooms of our minds we try our friends, our spouses, and humanity at large.
When we drink on Purim till we don't know the difference between Haman the accursed and Mordechai the blessed, we are admitting that there is only One Judge, and all our efforts to judge the world are like those of someone 'under the influence of alcohol.'
Answers (and thanks to Ohr Somayach!): 1. Channah, mother of Samuel (Samuel 1:14) 2. Lot. They thought they had to perpetuate mankind through him. (Bereshis 19:32) 3. Nabal, husband of Abigail (Samuel 1,25:339;27:3-30;30:5; Samuel 11,2:2) 4. Elah, son of Basha (Kings 1,16:1-14) 5. Judah (Bereshis 49:11-12) 6. In the battle between King Ben Hadad of Syria and King Ahab of Israel (Kings 1,20) 7. Noah (Bereshis 9:21-end) 8. Haman (Megillat Esther 7)
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10. You hold a volume of the Babylonian Talmud upside down,
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