Nadav & Avihu Offering a Strange Fire

When we encounter the reference to Nadav’s and Avihu in this week’s Torah portion, we see something that is quite consistent with the way that their deaths are described, which is due to them offering a strange fire: “וַיָּ֣מָת נָדָ֣ב וַאֲבִיה֣וּא לִפְנֵ֣י יְהוָ֡ה בְּֽהַקְרִבָם֩ אֵ֨שׁ זָרָ֜ה לִפְנֵ֤י יְהוָה֙ בְּמִדְבַּ֣ר סִינַ֔י וּבָנִ֖ים לֹא־הָי֣וּ לָהֶ֑ם And Nadav […]

Maharal of Prague on Jewish & Gentile Wine

Intro The 70th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show features Rabbi Michael Bernstein sharing some insights on Jewish and gentile wine from the writing of Maharal of Prague. Guest Bio Rabbi Michael Bernstein is, amongst other things, the rabbi for Gesher L’Torah in Georgia. Episode The episode is available in both audio and video formats […]

Wine at Bris Milah

What’s the deal with wine at a bris milah ceremony? While wine comes up at many Jewish lifecycle events, what is it specifically about wine at bris milah ceremonies and how does it work?   Certified mohel Rabbi Hayim Leiter joins the show to discuss wine during the bris milah ceremony. Guest Bio Rabbi Hayim Leiter […]

Yeshiva High School Students Binge-Drinking [Episode #67 of The Jewish Drinking Show]

Introduction How much is binge-drinking a practice undertaken by yeshiva high school students in the US? Surprisingly, more than we would have thought. In a JTA op-ed that Dr. Rivka Press-Schwartz and Rabbi Tully Harcsztark published in late February 2021, they shared their findings from a survey carried out under the auspices of Machon Siach at […]

Maimonides on Kiddush and Havdallah

In the 66th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Rabbi Dan Margulies joins Rabbi Drew Kaplan in a discussion on Maimonides’ views on Kiddush and Havdallah for Shabbat. Guest Bio Rabbi Dan Margulies is currently on the high school Judaics faculty of the Berman Hebrew Academy. He was formerly rabbi of The Riverdale Minyan, formerly […]

Kosher for Passover Spirits, Liqueurs, and Cocktails

If you have been wondering this Passover what is there to drink besides wine, someone has put together a list for kosher spirits and liqueurs. In addition to kosher for Passover tequilas (and mezcals & sotols), Leibel Khazanovich has put together a list of certified kosher for Passover spirits, liqueurs, and more. The list includes […]

April & May 2021 Tentative Schedule for The Jewish Drinking Show

With four episodes published leading up to Passover now available (“Why Four Cups in Rabbinic Literature?”, “Women And The Four Cups Of Wine At The Passover Seder”, “The Origin Of Dropping Wine At The Passover Seder”, and “Distilleries Selling Their Hametz”), it is time to look ahead to beyond Passover. Here is the tentative schedule […]

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