By COLlive reporter
A proposed ban on the consumption of alcohol by teens was not well-received in Chassidic circles in Israel.
Knesset member Yariv Levin suggested a bill that would prohibit minors from drinking alcoholic beverages, or even being seen holding one.
The Likud lawmaker blamed hard drinking by youths for fatal car accidents, violence and other crimes.
But Chassidim fear the ban might put an end to Farbrengen or Tish gatherings where L’Chaim is often said on wine, vodka and whiskey.
In Lubavitch, the Rebbe restricted L’Chaim for adults to be no more than 4 Revi’is cups (less than 3.5 ounces each).
Regarding minors, the Rebbe once commented during a visit to Camp Gan Israel in New York that L’Chaim can be said on soda too.
Chabad’s spokesman in Israel, Rabbi Menachem Brod, told the Maariv daily he supports the ban.
“Saying L’Chaim should end much before a chance of getting drunk. We’re talking about a taste alone and should be minimal.”
Brod added that he would add an exception to the bill that “minimal drinking is permitted for religious reasons and with adult supervision.”