Drink Prey Lust
Wexner Foundation Blog, March 15, 2016.
Purim is a festival of inversion, a time when the lowly are honored, the esteemed are mocked, the serious is parodied, and the forbidden is — for a moment — permissible. By turning things upside down for a day, Purim reaffirms what right-side-up should look like.
It is only in this context of inversion that there is a religious mandate to drink until one is so drunk that one does not know the difference between the hero and the villain in the story. But how should a festival of inversion be observed in a context where upside-down is no inversion at all and looks suspiciously close to right-side-up? How should Purim be observed on college campuses? Continue reading…