The Origin of Dropping Wine at the Passover Seder

One of the interesting practices that takes place at the Passover Seder is the dropping out of wine at certain points. In the 64th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Rabbi Professor Zev Farber joins Rabbi Drew Kaplan in discussing the origin of this practice.

Guest Bio
Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber is the Senior Editor of and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute‘s Kogod Center. He holds a PhD from Emory University, a masters degree from Hebrew University, and he received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, where he also received advanced ordination (Yadin Yadin).

He is the author of Images of Joshua in the Bible and Their Reception. He is also the author of “The Original Reason for Spilling Wine: Protection from the Plagues”, an essay off of which this episode is based. A collection of all his online essays and op-eds can be found on

The episode is available in both podcast and video formats:


Video Clip from the Episode

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