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    to that commandment.

    Levites and Kohens can still drink with the rest of us - and are obligated to when it's appropriate.  (Unless they have a medical reason not to - including alcohol addiction.)

    But just as you aren't to go into work hammered, neither are they. It just so happens their work is holy service in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.  Keep in mind that in the worship of some pagan ghods like Baccus, drunkenness in the priests was a requirement.  Not so in the Temple of the G-d of Israel.  One must be fully aware and fully invested mentally, physically and spiritually in ones Holy Service at the Temple.

    Not every commandment applies to every person - the idea that an individual must keep 613 mitzvos is a gross misunderstanding.  A woman is not obligated keep to her husband's mitzvos but her own, a non Kohen is not obligated to those of the Kohen or the Levite.  In many circumstances to try and take on the mitzvos of another is a grave sin - I am not a Kohen, so I am not to stand before the people and give their blessings.  I cannot perform the redemption of a first born son.

    So they are not banned from alcohol, but from alcohol at the improper time and place.  

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 11:36:06 PM PDT

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