Dear Scoop ,
Now that purim is over and people are settling down, I think there’s a topic that should be placed on the table when it is still fresh. We all know that its a mitzva to drink on purim but I don’t think it means putting 10-15 year-olds in danger. How many children were seen lying in the streets? How many 15 year-olds ended up sleeping on the ice for hours? How many bochrim did Hatzala have to come for? There’s a law forbidding to serve alcohol to minors. The truth is, it’s once a year and nothing usually happens but if g-d forbid something does happen to a child, someone will get into trouble and be held responsible for it. Do we need that? Do we have to wait for a real tragedy to wake up and learn? Welcoming people into your home on purim, doesn’t give you the right to serve them alcohol.