Category: Wine

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 […]

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 […]

Kedem Wines

In the newest episode of the JewishDrinking.com podcast & video series, Gabriel Geller joins the show to discuss Kedem Wines, also known as the Royal Wine Corporation. Geller is the Royal Wine Corporation’s Director of Public Relations & Advertising, and speaks on the history of the company, including their creation of such popular wines as […]

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 […]

Demons and the Four Cups of Wine at the Passover Seder

The 25th episode of the podcast/video series is now out! Featuring Rabbi Alana Suskin, the co-founder and co-director of the Pomegranate Initiative, as well as a senior editor at JewSchool.com, we discuss the susceptibility to demons of the four cups of wine at the Passover Seder, according to the discussion of the rabbis in the […]

Manischewitz Wine, Kedem Wine, and More

What’s the story with Manischewitz wine? To answer this question, the most recent Jewish Drinking podcast episode had Professor Roger Horowitz on to share his research into Manischewitz wine’s history, as well as how Kedem wine came on to the kosher wine scene in America and affected the market. If you’re interested in reading more […]

Considering Ya’akov’s innovation in Wine-Libation on a Pillar

We read of Ya’akov setting-up a מצבה stone-pillar towards the beginning of last week’s parashah (Gen. 28.18), as well as later on in the parashah (Gen. 31.51-52). In this week’s parashah, we see him doing so a third time, yet he introduces an innovation into his stone-pillar setting-up: “וַיַּצֵּב יַעֲקֹב מַצֵּבָה, בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר-דִּבֶּר אִתּוֹ–מַצֶּבֶת אָבֶן; […]

Wine in the Mishnah with Rabbi Dr. Avraham Walfish

The newest episode of our weekly podcast/video series is now available: “Wine in the Mishnah” features an overview of the term יין/wine in the Mishnah, with guest Rabbi Dr. Avraham Walfish. Rabbi Dr. Walfish’s recent book Mishnaic Tapestries – Tractate Berakhot/מרבדי משנה – פרקי ברכות: עיון ספרותי ורעיוני במשנת ברכות (which is available for purchase […]

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