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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Menashe Klein - Send Mishloach Manos Early Before They Get Drunk!

What happens if the person you sent Mishloach Manos to is dead drunk, are you yotzei? Rav Menshe Klein (Mishneh Halachos (4:91) says probably not. Halachicly someone who has reached the level of intoxication of Lot is like a Shoteh and patur from Mitzvos. He reasons that the mitzva of Mishloach Manos depends on the status of the recipient and not the sender. If so you have sent to someone who is patur from the Mitzva and therefore you are not Yotzei. However if he has time to sber up before Purim is over then you are yotzei.

Rav Menashe Klein distinguishes this from a case where the recipient is merely sleeping. In that case he believes you are probably yotzei because another person can be koneh for him, whereas a drunkard has has no way to be koneh anything.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.