Rabba and Rabbi Zeira prepared a Purim feast with each other, and they became intoxicated to the point that Rabba arose and slaughtered Rabbi Zeira. The next day, when he became sober and realized what he had done, Rabba asked God for mercy, and revived Rabbi Zeira. The next year, Rabba said to Rabbi Zeira: Let the Master come and let us prepare the Purim feast with each other. He said to him: Miracles do not happen each and every hour, and I do not want to undergo that experience again.
"In laughing at religious forms and at reality, one admits the fallibility of religious hopes but one also affirms them ... But why on Purim do Jews satirize their own traditions and not just those of the evil ones? The answer is that the ultimate Jewish claims of faith are truly dissonant with the world as humans know it ... True faith is neither oblivious to the facts that contradict nor afraid to affirm that the vision will finally triumph. Human makes statements about faith credible without being insensitive to present states of suffering. Through humorous affirmation, Jews admit that they follow God not because of their hopes have been realized but because they have trust in the Divine."
- The Jewish Way by Rabbi Irving Greenberg