Category: Holidays and Festivals

Episode #44 – Drinking During the Ten Days of Repentance: An Introduction

The 44th episode in the JewishDrinking.com podcast/video series is now out. In this episode, “Drinking During the Ten Days of Repentance: An Introduction”, Rabbi Drew Kaplan leads an introductory overview of Jewish practices of drinking during the Jewish season of the High Holidays (ימים נוראים), also known as the Ten Days of Repentance (עשרת ימי […]

Non-Wine Beverages During the Nine Days

Now that the nine days have begun, I have begun to see questions popping up in online spaces asking about various alcoholic beverages to be consumed from Rosh Hodesh Av through the 8th day of the month of Av (The Nine Days). One thing that is clear is what Rabbi Yosef Karo (1488-1575) wrote in his […]

Podcast Episode 20: Purim-Drinking in [Lubavitcher] Hasidic Thought

In the 20th podcast/video episode, Rabbi Eli Simpson returns to the show to share Hasidic and Lubavitcher Hasidic thinking on drinking on Purim. It’s no secret that Chabad Hasidim drink on Purim (as do all Hasidim), so what deeper insights do they have into drinking on Purim? And despite discussing the texts on Megillah 7b […]

Drinking on Purim in The Talmud

With Purim coming up in just two weeks, this episode is the second in JewishDrinking’s Purim 2020 series, with a third episode to be published next week. This week’s podcast/video episode features Professor Jordan Rosenblum, the Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism, the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, […]

Rava, Mordechai, and Purim-Drinking

With Purim right around the corner, it’s time to gear up for “the drinkingest day” on the Jewish calendar. To that end, this week’s podcast/video episode features a discussion with Rabbi Ayalon Eliach on the topic of the most famous statement related to Purim-drinking: “.אמר רבא: מיחייב איניש לבסומי בפוריא עד דלא ידע בין ארור […]

Drinking on Hanukah

The newest episode for JewishDrinking.com: The Show is now up, featuring Rabbi Ben Shefter, wherein we discuss “Drinking on Hanukah”. Here is the podcast episode:   Here is the video episode: Related to our discussion is this text in the Shulhan Arukh (OH 670:2): ריבוי הסעודות שמרבים בהם הם סעודות הרשות שלא קבעום למשתה ושמחה Increasing […]

An Initial Consideration of the Drinking Events in Megillat Esther

Over this recent Purim, I was curious to keep track of the drinking parties, since I knew there were multiple such events, but hadn’t quite remembered what each of them were. While tracking them, though, I was fascinated to not only have a sense of what they were, but maybe also somewhat of a pattern. […]

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