The month of Adar is a period of celebration on the Jewish calendar, culminating in the celebration of Purim.
The consumption of alcohol on Purim is just one of the many ways we celebrate the great miracle that took place in the time of Queen Esther – the story we read about in the megillah.
However, it seems that a percentage of people each year are putting themselves and others at risk by consuming too much alcohol, serving those who should not be served, and getting behind the wheel of a car when they are in no condition to do so.
We are all for maintaining Purim as the great day of celebration it is, but we feel that includes keeping as many people as safe as possible.
This year, the OU is asking all to “pledge” not to over-consume alcohol, serve alcohol to minors or those who are intoxicated and, perhaps most importantly, not to drink and drive. Won’t you join our efforts to ensure a safer Purim in 5778?
Best wishes for a Chag Purim sameach!
The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.