Which Whiskey Was Rav Moshe Referring To? [Iggerot Moshe YD 62-64]

Introduction In a trilogy of responsa from the spring of 1948, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein responds to Rabbi Pinchas Teitz regarding the permissibility of drinking blended whiskey that may have had had wine blended in to them (אגרות משה, יורה דעה סב-סד).1 What goes entirely unspecified is the origin/type of whiskey. Is it Scotch whisky? Could […]

Miriam’s Well

On the newest podcast & video episode of the JewishDrinking.com Show, Maharat Ruth Balinsky-Friedman joins the show to discuss Miriam’s Well. Maharat Ruth Balinsky-Friedman is the associate rabbi at Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue®, and also hosts a weekly podcast “Life Imitates Torah”. While the topic of Miriam’s Well might be surprising for listeners […]

Wine at Lifecycle Events

Wine is an ever-present fixture at Jewish lifecycle events, whether weddings, brit milah, and others – what’s going on with that? Joining the newest podcast episode is Rabbi Avi Finegold, who is the founder of The Jewish Learning Lab, as well as one of the hosts of the Spirits & Spirituality podcast.  

Introduction to Wine in Kabbalah

Wine and Kabbalah – those two topics sound like they go well together, don’t they? In the newest podcast & video episode, Dr. Vadim Putzu shares an introduction to the the meeting of these two matters. Dr. Putzu is an associate professor at Missouri State University whose doctoral dissertation, “Bottled Poetry/Quencher of Hopes: Wine as […]

Upcoming WebYeshiva Series to Focus on Drunkenness

Beginning this upcoming Monday and continuing for the following four weeks, Rabbi Dovid Fink will be teaching an online course drunkenness in halakhah. The course is scheduled to take place June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 1pm EDT (10am PDT & 8pm IDT). Focussing on drunkenness, Rabbi Fink will be considering “certain halachic […]

An Introductory Overview to Jewish Drinking Through The Ages

The newest podcast episode is now up, featuring Joel Haber in our discussion on “An Introductory Overview to Jewish Drinking Through The Ages”. Mr. Haber has been working on “The Taste of Jewish Culture”, a project on Jewish food through the ages (you can also check out the project’s Facebook page). Through this project, Mr. […]

Jews’ Involvement in the 18th Century Caribbean Rum Trade

The 30th episode of the JewishDrinking.com podcast and video show is now out! Featuring Professor Stanley Mirvis, whose book The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition hits bookshelves today, this episode is on the involvement of Jews in the 18th century rum trade in the Caribbean. The audio and […]

What a Third Century Mosaic in Sepphoris Can Tell Us About Jewish Drinking Attitudes in the Third Century

The newest podcast and video episode for JewishDrinking.com features Professor Loren Spielman, an associate professor at Portland State University. In this episode, Professor Spielman discusses a third century mosaic in Sepphoris (ציפורי), a town in the Galilee, where rabbis involved with Rabbinic Literature lived and traveled. The episode is available in both podcast and video […]

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