Author: Drew Kaplan

Beer and Whiskey in Wine Containers That Previously Contained Gentile Wine

For the 53rd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Joshua Schwartz joins the show in discussing beer, whiskey, and other beverages in containers that previously contained gentile wine. The co-creator of the world’s first art bentscher, Seder Oneg Shabbas, and editor of the first-ever Talmudic graphic novel, The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, Joshua Schwartz serves as […]

Schedule for Jewish drinking show for rest of November as well as December 2020 and January 2021

here is the schedule for upcoming episodes of The Jewish Drinking Show for the remainder of November 2020, as well as for December 2020 and January 2021 (with a break from mid-December through mid-January): November 24, 2020 – Joshua Schwartz – Beer & Whiskey in Barrels That Had Previously Contained Gentile Wine December 1, 2020 […]

Wine in Mishnah Berakhot: An Introduction [DRAFT]

Introduction Wine’s appearances in Tractate Berakhot in the Mishnah all appear in chapters 6-8, the chapters that deal with consumptive activities.[1] Out of the tractates of the Mishnah, Tractate Berakhot features the fifth-most appearances of wine,[2] seemingly due to that “the tractates in which wine appears most frequently is because these are tractates that focus […]

The Bourbon Rabbi

The 52nd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show is now out, featuring Rabbi Chaim Litvin, the Bourbon Rabbi. A Chabad rabbi based out of Louisville, Kentucky, Rabbi Litvin provides kosher supervision to distilleries in Kentucky. He received the moniker “Bourbon Rabbi” from this Wall Street Journal article he referenced. Here is his Instagram account, YouTube […]

Discussing Non-Wine Beverages for Kiddush & Havdallah in Post-Talmudic Literature

Returning to JewishDrinking.com’s podcast & video series is Professor Joshua Kulp, who discusses non-wine beverages for Kiddush and Havdallah in Post-Talmudic Halakhah. For a more in-depth discussion on the Talmudic background of this discussion, check out the episode on “How Beer Became Acceptable For Havdallah In The Babylonian Talmud” featuring Professor Jordan Rosenblum. Dr. Kulp, […]

Lot, Lot’s Daughters, and Wine, featuring Aliza Lipkin

For the 50th episode of the JewishDrinking.com video and podcast show, Aliza Lipkin joins with host Rabbi Drew Kaplan to discuss Lot, Lot’s daughters, and wine. Aliza Lipkin writes and teaches in Israel, as well as creating weekly videos on the Torah portion for the past three years on her YouTube channel. Here is the […]

Lot and His Daughters’ Drinking Episode in the Midrash (Bereshit Rabbah)

For the 49th episode of the JewishDrinking.com podcast/video series, Rabbi Josh Yuter join the show in discussing midrashim on the drunken incident involving Lot and his daughters in Genesis chapter 19 with show host Rabbi Drew Kaplan. Rabbi Yuter recently returned to podcasting, having relaunched his new podcast What’s the Point of the Midrash?, exploring […]

Alcoholism in the Jewish Community – Podcast Episode #48

In the newest episode of the JewishDrinking.com Show, Rabbi Andie Cosnowsky, senior rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, Illinois, discusses alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the Jewish community. Originally from New York, Rabbi Cosnowsky moved to Nashville, TN after college, then went to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend rabbinical school in 1999, finishing in 2005. […]

A Significant Rabbinic Discussion on Wine & Drinking: Eruvin 64-65

One of the lengthier discussions on wine and drinking in rabbinic literature occurs in the Babylonian Talmud on Eruvin 64-65, which happens to also be the pages of the current Daf Yomi cycle for today and tomorrow. Enjoy this introductory overview of the drinking texts on pages Eruvin 64a, Eruvin 64b, Eruvin 65a, and Eruvin […]

The Farbrengen Episode

As previously mentioned, the fourth and final podcast & video episode of September 2020 is on Farbrengens. A common practice of Lubavitcher Hasidim (also known as Chabad), Farbrengens are a gathering of Chabad Hasidim, which involves drinking. Returning to the show is Rabbi Eli Simpson, who has previously appeared on the show discussing Drinking in […]

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