Thursday, March 6, 2014

Even The Purim Celebration Has Limits

Even The Purim Celebration Has Limits
Day: Thursday
Date: March 6, 2014
Parshat: Vayikra
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 690

There is no prohibition against dressing up and wearing masks on Purim. However, It is completely forbidden for men to wear women's clothing or vice versa as a Purim costume. It is also forbidden to hire a magician to entertain even though he is doing tricks that are only slight of hand and not actual magic. There is a widespread custom in some yeshivot for one of the students to deliver a speech and mimic the Rabbis and make jokes. This custom has no place among the Jewish people and must not be perpetuated. A person who makes jokes about, or mocks a Hacham has committed a sin that is "too heavy to carry" and loses his portion of olam haba. Anyone who has the ability to stop such things from happening is required to do so.

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