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If your Rov paskens according to Rema/M”B, he’d tell you to drink more than usual, then go to sleep.


That’s quite an impressive compilation, but I’m not sure why you think that most Rishonim do not take ad di’lo yadah literally. Tosfas, Rif, Rosh, and Tor seem to take it quite literally (while factoring in the Yerushalmi that says its not davka arur haman baruch mordechai but rather the whole piyut), and the while the Ramabm does not quote ad di’lo yadah he does pasken “???? ??? ?? ?????? ????? ???????”, which is still pretty drunk.

“The Shulchan Aruch doesn’t tell you, but take a look at what he says in the Beit Yosef.”

I believe the Aruch Hashulchan points out the apparent stirah in the Beis Yosef and the Shulchan Orach. It is difficult to accept that the Beis Yosef is an elaboration of the Shulchan Oruch since they are at opposite ends of the spectrum.


“Normative halacha is not to get drunk. period.”

The Gemara, Rashi, Rif, Rambam, Rosh, Tor, Shulchan Oruch all seem to imply that one should in fact get quite drunk. The fact there are many other poskim who argue does not remove these shittos from “normative Halacha”.

“Normative halacha al pi the rema is to drink yoser milimudo, more than usual, which for us is very little.”

AND THEN GO TO SLEEP. It disturbs me to no end that people only quote half of this Rema. In order to be mekayam the shita of the Rema and the Mishnah Berurah one MUST go to sleep. (I’ve seen it brought down from R’ Vozner that one must go to sleep while feeling the effects of the wine. Not that he needs my haskama, but it seems to me this is pashut pshat in the Rema).