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Sukkah punch

for The Brooklyn Paper

After all the fasting and repenting of Yom Kippur, some Jews are ready to kick back and have fun.

And on Sunday, Sept. 30, Rabbi Simcha Weinstein (pictured) of Congregation B’nai Avraham will help them do just that by trotting out cigars and whisky.

Crowded beneath what Weinstein called Downtown Brooklyn’s largest sukkah — a hut made from branches and leaves — these happy hour Hebrews will partake in single malt Scotch and premium tequila while they puff on high-end cigars.

“Rabbis normally don’t condone smoking,” said Weinstein, a hipper-than-thou rabbi who likes to put the “gin” back into religion. “That’s why I’m not speaking [at the event].”

In his place, Elliot Zweig, of the Middle East Media Research Institute, and our own Gersh Kuntzman will be handing the hosting duties.

“Simcha Weinstein has dedicated his life to bringing me closer to God,” said Kuntzman. “That’s impossible, of course, so we’ve compromised on having him bring me closer to whisky.”

Kuntzman said he is “an expert” on both Scotch and Irish whiskey thanks to “several years of intense research.”

Weinstein told GO Brooklyn that he was looking to appeal to guys who are “a little yuppified and a little metrosexual. You can quote me on that.

“Sometimes,” he added, “it’s fun to let loose.”

“Brooklyn Heights Sukkot Gentleman’s Evening” will take place at 8 pm on Sept. 30 at Congregation B’nai Avraham (117 Remsen St., between Henry and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights). Tickets are $54. For information, call (718) 596-4840.

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