Secondary Literature

In addition to the writings, source sheets, videos, and podcasts available on this website, there are still plenty of Jewish drinking-related secondary literature out there. Below, you can find articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations:


  • Baruch, Melanie, Abraham Benarroch, and Gary E. Rockman. “Alcohol and Substance Use in the Jewish Community: A Pilot Study”. Journal of Addiction (2015): 1-4.
  • Bleich, J. David. “The Whiskey Brouhaha”. Tradition 34:2 (2000): 58-77.
  • Broshi, Magen, “Date Beer and Date Wine in Antiquity”. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 139:1 (2007): 55-59.
  • Cardozo, Nathan Lopes, “Needed: Redemptive Halakha”, Conversations 23 (Fall 2015): 29-44.
  • Glassner, Barry and Bruce Berg. “How Jews Avoid Alcohol Problems”. American Sociological Review Vol. 45, No. 4 (August 1980): 647-664.
  • Homan, Michael, “Beer and its Drinkers: An Ancient Near Eastern Love Story”. Near Eastern Archaeology 67.2 (June 2004): 84-95.
  • Homan, Michael, “Did the Ancient Israelites Drink Beer?”. Biblical Archaeological Review 36.5 (September/October 2010): 48-56, 78.
  • Klein, Gil P. “Torah in Triclinia: The Rabbinic Banquet and the Significance of Architecture”. The Jewish Quarterly Review 102.3 (Summer 2012): 325-370.
  • Loewenthal, Kate Miriam. “Addiction: Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Judaism”. Religions vol. 5 (2014): 972-984.
  • Macht, David I. “A Pharmacological Appreciation of References to Alcohol in the Hebrew Bible”. The Scientific Monthly 29.2 (August 1929): 163-176.
  • Poleyeff, Israel. “Stam Yeinom”. Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society 14 (Fall 1987): 67-82.
  • Ron, Zvi, “‘Our Own Joy is Lessened and Incomplete: The History of an Interpretation of Sixteen Drops of Wine at the Seder“. Hakirah 19 (Winter 2015): 237-255.
  • Sperber, Daniel. “The Prohibition of Eating Meat and Drinking Wine During the Three Weeks”. JOFA Journal 7:2 (Summer 2008): 22-23, 34.
  • Stern, Sacha. “Compulsive Libationers: Non-Jews and Wine in Early Rabbinic Sources.” Journal of Jewish Studies 64.1 (2013): 19-44.
  • Vaaknin, Rafi, “Fathers and Sons and Wine: The Oedipal Complex”. Hakirah 25 (Fall 2018): 251-263.
  • Weinstein, Rosie. “Blowing the Lid off Sherry Casks“. Kol Mevaseret (2012): 87-100.
  • Wonder, Arnold A. “Ben Sira and the Praises of Wine”. The Jewish Quarterly Review Vol. 61, No. 2 (October 1970): 155-166.
  • Zivotofsky, Ari, “What’s the Truth about…Birkat Hamazon over Wine?“. Jewish Action (Winter 2000): ?-?
  • Zivotofsky, Ari, “Wine from Havdalah, Women and Beards“. Hakirah 10 (Summer 2010): 175-187.

Book Chapters

  • Ebeling, Jennie R. and Michael M. Homan. “Baking and Brewing Beer in the Israelite Household: A Study of Women’s Cooking Technology”. In The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East, edited by Beth Alpert Nakhai, 45-62. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • Geller, Markham J. “Diet and Regimen in the Babylonian Talmud”. In Food and Identity in the Ancient World, edited by Cristiano Grotanelli and Lucio Milano, 217-242. Padua, Italy: S.A.R.G.O.N., 2004.
  • Horowitz, Roger. “Man-O-Manischewitz”. In Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, 127-161. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
  • Homan, Michael. “Beer, Barley, and שֵׁכָר in the Hebrew Bible”. In Le-David Maskil: A Birthday Tribute for David Noel Freedman, edited by Richard Elliott Friedman and William H. C. Propp, 25-38. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2004.
  • Putzu, Vadim. “Tasting Heaven: Wine and the World to Come from the Talmud to Safed”. In olam ha-zeh v’olam ha-ba: This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice, edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon, 151-170. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2017.
  • Rosenblum, Jordan D. “Inclined to Decline Reclining? Women, Corporeality, and Dining Posture in Early Rabbinic Literature”. In Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table. Edited by Dennis E. Smith and Hal Taussig, 261-274. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • Schwartz, Seth. “No Dialogue at the Symposium? Conviviality in Ben Sira and the Palestinian Talmud”. In The End of Dialogue in Antiquity, edited by Simon Goldhill, 193-216. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Wulkan, Reba. “The Grape and the Vine: A Motif in Contemporary Jewish Textiles.” In Creating Textiles: Makers, Methods, Markets. Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Inc. New York, NY, September 23–26, 1998, 369-377. Earleville, MD: Textile Society of America, Inc., 1999.

Book Reviews

  • Gersten, Eli. Review of Wine, Whisky & Halachah: A Halachic Overview to The Laws of Wine and Whisky, Including Scotch Whisky Matured in Sherry Casks, by HaRav Shraga Kallus and Rabbi Avraham Chaim Slansky. Jewish Action 80, no. 3 (Spring 2020): 104-105.

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