Category: Wine

Pharoah’s Cupbearer and Baker as Cultural Conflict of Wine vs. Beer, featuring Dr. Jon Greenberg [The Jewish Drinking Show Episode #116]

A story we encounter in the book of Genesis that, at first glance, may seem to have something to do with drinking could also be seen as having a lot to do with drinking. I am speaking about that concerning Pharoah’s cupbearer (drinks-master) and his baker, whom Joseph meets in jail and interprets their dreams. […]

The Response to Honey in Kosher Wine in Medieval Provence [clip from episode #115]

In this clip from the 115th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Dr. Pinchas Roth discusses the harsh response for Provençal rabbis to Maimonides’ suggestion that adding honey to Jewish wine prevents it from becoming vulnerable to gentile touch, thereby rendering it unfit for Jewish consumption:

Kosher Wine in Medieval Provence, featuring Dr. Pinchas Roth [The Jewish Drinking Show Episode #115]

One of the trickiest aspects when it comes to kosher wine and Judaism is when it comes up against gentile touch. While we can talk about it broadly from the Mishnah (& Tosefta) and throughout the Talmud, and we have even discussed it broadly when it comes to Medieval rabbis on the topic, how was […]

Wine and Shemittah, featuring Rabbi Ezra Friedman [Episode 111 of The Jewish Drinking Show]

A question I have been receiving since this year is a shemittah year, is “What is the deal with Shemittah wine?” To answer this question is first-time guest to The Jewish Drinking Show, Rabbi Ezra Friedman. Rabbi Friedman is the Deputy Rabbinic Administrator of OU Kosher in Israel, the Director of the OU Gustave and Carol […]

Byzantine-Era Winery in Yavneh

When the news was released in October that the largest Byzantine-era was discovered in Israel, it widely received coverage (including The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, NPR, The Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, and many more), which is great. One of the lead archaeologists on that excavation is Dr. Jon Seligman, who joins The Jewish Drinking Show for episode […]

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