Category: Rabbinic Literature

How Beer Became Acceptable for Havdallah in the Babylonian Talmud

You can only use wine for Havdallah, right? That’s what the Talmudic rabbis thought…until a certain story happened. And then beer became legitimate to use for this ritual. Featuring 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, and Chair of […]

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 […]

How Many Cups of Wine to Drink at a Mourner’s House – 10 vs 14?

The newest release in JewishDrinking.com’s podcast & video series features Rabbi David Fried discussing with our host the question of how many cups of wine are to be consumed at a mourner’s house. Rabbi Fried currently serves as part of the Judaic Studies faculty at Hebrew High School of New England and graduated from Yeshivat […]

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: “.讗诪专 专讘讗: 诪讬讞讬讬讘 讗讬谞讬砖 诇讘住讜诪讬 讘驻讜专讬讗 注讚 讚诇讗 讬讚注 讘讬谉 讗专讜专 […]

Rav Papa, The Talmud Bavli’s Beer Baron

The newest podcast (& video) episode is now out on “Rav Papa, The Talmud Bavli’s Beer Baron”, featuring Professor Jordan Rosenblum, the Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism at University of Wisconsin, whose book is hitting bookshelves today. The new book, Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature, is intended to introduce readers to […]

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 讬讬谉/wine in the Mishnah, with guest Rabbi Dr. Avraham Walfish. Rabbi Dr. Walfish’s recent book Mishnaic Tapestries – Tractate Berakhot/诪专讘讚讬 诪砖谞讛 – 驻专拽讬 讘专讻讜转: 注讬讜谉 住驻专讜转讬 讜专注讬讜谞讬 讘诪砖谞转 讘专讻讜转 (which is available for purchase […]

How Frequently Does Wine Appear in the Mishnah?

How frequently does wine appear in the Mishnah (讬讬谉 讘诪砖谞讛)? The phrase 讬讬谉 appears in the Mishnah more than 235 times*馃嵎馃嵎馃嵎 The next question you may be asking: where does it appear the most frequently? Let’s start by breaking down the occurrences of the phrase 讬讬谉 in the Mishnah by 住讚专 (seder): 住讚专 谞讝讬拽讬谉 – […]

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