What Do a Good Guest & Bad Guest Say?

The newest amongst the JewishDrinking.com podcast/video episodes concerns what do a good guest and a bad guest say, as found in early rabbinic literature, especially as it relates to wine馃嵎

The guest for this episode, Eli Gurevich, is the creator of Tosefta Online, a fantastic resource for the study of the Tosefta, as well as the author of an English translation of Tosefta Berachot, which is available online as a pdf, and for purchase in print.

The episode is available below in both podcast form and video form, with the text under discussion below:





And here is the text under discussion (Tosefta Berakhot 6.5):

讛讬讛 讘谉 讝讜诪讗 讗讜诪专 讗讜专讞 讟讜讘 诪讛 讛讜讗 讗讜诪专 讝讻讜专 讘注诇 讛讘讬转 诇讟讜讘 讻诪讛 诪讬谞讬 讬讬谞讜转 讛讘讬讗 诇驻谞讬谞讜 讻诪讛 [诪讬谞讬] 讙诇讜住拽讗讜转 讛讘讬讗 诇驻谞讬谞讜 讻诪讛 诪讬谞讬 讞砖讜讘讜转 讛讘讬讗 诇驻谞讬谞讜 讻诇 诪讛 砖注砖讛 诇讗 注砖讛 讗诇讗 讘砖讘讬诇讬
讗讜专讞 专注 诪讛 讛讜讗 讗讜诪专 讜讻讬 诪讛 讗讻诇转讬 诇讗 驻转 讗讞转 讗讻诇转讬 讜诇讗 讞转讬讻讛 讗讞转 讗讻诇转讬 诇讗 讻讜住 讗讞讚 砖转讬转讬 讻诇 诪讛 砖注砖讛 诇讗 注砖讛 讗诇讗 讘砖讘讬诇 讗砖转讜 讜讘谞讬讜
注诇 讗讜专讞 讟讜讘 诪讛讜 讗讜诪专 (讗讬讜讘 诇讜) 讝讻讜专 讻讬 转砖讙讬讗 驻注诇讜 讗砖专 砖讜专专讜 讗谞砖讬诐

Ben Zoma used to say, 鈥淲hat does a good guest say? 鈥楳ay the host be remembered for good! How many different types of wine he brought in front of us? How many different pieces [of meat] he brought in front of us? How many different types of fine white bread he brought in front of us? Everything that he did, he did only for me.鈥
But what does a bad guest say? And what did I eat of his? I ate [only] one bread of his. I ate [only] one piece [of meat] of his. I drank only one cup [of wine] of his. Everything that he did, he did only for his wife and children.鈥欌
And upon a good guest, what does it say? 鈥淩emember this so that you may extol His work that people have witnessed鈥 (Job 36:24).

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