Four Cups and the Holocaust, featuring Professor Samuel Levine [Episode #131 of The Jewish Drinking Show]
Introduction While the Passover Seder is a celebration of the freedom of our Jewish ancestors from Egyptian slavery and becoming a nation, it is hard to picture this in terms of what the experience of being in the Holocaust, as it was very much not an experience of freedom. Moreover, a cornerstone of the Passover […]
Four Cups at the Seder and Consciousness, featuring Rabbi Zac Kamenetz [The Jewish Drinking Show, episode #129]
Introduction With Passover only a couple of weeks away, including the four cups minimum of wine at the Passover Seder, how has the transformative experience of alcohol-consumption been considered in the Jewish tradition? To share a teaching of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), as written by Rabbi Nathan Sternhartz (1780-1844), on this topic is Rabbi […]
Women and the Four Cups of Wine at the Passover Seder
Introduction The 63rd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show features Miriam Gedweiser in conversation with Rabbi Drew Kaplan about the Talmudic inclusion of women for the four cups of wine at the Passover Seder. Guest Bio Miriam Gedwiser teaches Talmud and Tanach at the Ramaz Upper School and is on the faculty of Drisha. Miriam […]
Why Four Cups in Rabbinic Literature?
Episode Introduction Why did the rabbis institute a minimum of four cups of wine at the Passover Seder? In the 62nd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Rabbi David Polsky and Rabbi Drew Kaplan discuss what the rabbis in the Mishnah and both Talmuds have to say about why we have this minimum. Guest Bio Rabbi […]