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“Mystically, there is a certain spiritual energy to drinking,” Rabbi Simcha Weinstein told GO Brooklyn this week. “Rabbis certainly don’t promote it, but Purim is the one day of the year when we do like to pour and pour and pour.”

Not everyone has missed the message. On Sunday, Mar. 4, Southpaw will turn its space over to the Chabad of Prospect Heights for its annual Purim party. The bash includes the whole megillah (really, the Megillah will be read), live bands including Matisyahu and, of course, a costume contest.

“While Purim has the flair of Halloween,” said Rabbi Ari Kirschenbaum, who hosts the party, “its main ingredient revolves around the holiday’s incredible message of deep inner joy.”

Inner joy, indeed. The party is reported to spawn more couples than J-Date, a claim that Rabbi Kirschenbaum denies though Rabbi Weinstein did not. “Any event where young Jewish guys get to meet young Jewish girls and there’s a possibility of romance leading to marriage is wonderful,” he said.

Well, anything’s possible. Right?

The Chabad of Prospect Heights Purim Party will begin at 3 pm on Mar. 4 at Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave. at St. Johns Place in Park Slope). $15. For information call (718) 230-0236 or visit

Updated 4:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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