Purim Torah


There is an ancient tradition of using the form of Talmudic argument to create Purim parodies–Purim Torah–to amuse ourselves on Purim.  To get us ready, I wanted to share this passage that comes from the Talmud itself (BT Megilah 7b), that shows the ancient rabbis poking a little fun at themselves.  Enjoy!
Rava said:  A person is obligated to become intoxicated on Purim until they do not know the difference between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.”  Rabba and Rabbi Zeira prepared a Purim feast with each other, they became intoxicated, and Rabba up and killed Rabbi Zeira!  The next day, he asked for mercy and revived him.  The next year, he said to him:  Let the Master come and let us prepare a Purim feast with each other [again].  He said to him:  Miracles do not happen every time!