Monday, February 15, 2010

A Justification for Cross-Dressing on Purim


A 15th century justification for cross-dressing in costume, as well as pranking, on Purim:

"So, too, in our case, one does not intend to wear this for immorality, but rather to enhance the joy of Purim. Therefore, just as they did not erect a fence regarding theft since it is only for two nights and a day, so, too, here; theft and adultery emerge from the same root in a person’s nature."

(R’ Yehudah Mintz, Responsum #15)

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