Audio: Rav Mintz Speaks Out Against Drinking On Simchas Torah


rav-chaim-mintz[Audio below.] Each week, Rav Chaim Mintz, Mashgiach of the Yeshiva of Staten Island and founder and head of Oorah Kiruv Rechokim, offers, via telephone, an insightful and inspiring message on the weekly parsha to hundreds of Oorah’s volunteers.

In the following message, Rav Mintz speaks about the kedushah of the upcoming days and the unfortunate reality that these days are utilized by some people inappropriately, including by becoming inebriated and acting in ways that are contrary to Torah hashkafah.

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  1. Rav Mintz is an odom choshuv and I’m sure his words are directed at those who act inappropriately after drinking. Worth mentioning, though, that the minhag to drink on ST is an old Yiddishe minhag, R’ Sholom Schwadron followed it. It was practiced in the prewar European yeshivos such as Volozhin as well, and there are those of the current Roshei Yeshiva in America who drink even to the point of inebriation on ST.

  2. great point. while there is much foolishness on S.T. i view it as peoples own way of being happy and expressing joy. if they would heed these words they may have a different approach and appreciation for S.T. as for drinking it was the minhag hayeshivos to drink, and duchening was either canceled or done by shachris or earley mussaf, which shows the imprtance of this minhag. i see so many middle age people standing on the sidelines kvetching, maybe a l’chaim is what they need.