Tag: Rabbinic Literature

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 […]

Praying Under the Influence (& Providing Halakhic Guidance) featuring Rabbi David Polsky [Episode #56 of The Jewish Drinking Show Episode]

First time guest Rabbi David Polsky joins the 56th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show to discuss both providing halakhic guidance as well as praying under the influence of alcohol in Rabbinic literature. The episode is available both in video and in podcast forms. Here is the video episode: Here is the podcast episode:

Wine in Mishnah Berakhot: An Introduction [DRAFT]

Introduction Wine’s appearances in Tractate Berakhot in the Mishnah all appear in chapters 6-8, the chapters that deal with consumptive activities.[1] Out of the tractates of the Mishnah, Tractate Berakhot features the fifth-most appearances of wine,[2] seemingly due to that “the tractates in which wine appears most frequently is because these are tractates that focus […]

Lot and His Daughters’ Drinking Episode in the Midrash (Bereshit Rabbah)

For the 49th episode of the JewishDrinking.com podcast/video series, Rabbi Josh Yuter join the show in discussing midrashim on the drunken incident involving Lot and his daughters in Genesis chapter 19 with show host Rabbi Drew Kaplan. Rabbi Yuter recently returned to podcasting, having relaunched his new podcast What’s the Point of the Midrash?, exploring […]

A Significant Rabbinic Discussion on Wine & Drinking: Eruvin 64-65

One of the lengthier discussions on wine and drinking in rabbinic literature occurs in the Babylonian Talmud on Eruvin 64-65, which happens to also be the pages of the current Daf Yomi cycle for today and tomorrow. Enjoy this introductory overview of the drinking texts on pages Eruvin 64a, Eruvin 64b, Eruvin 65a, and Eruvin […]

Reviewing Jordan Rosenblum’s New Book, Rabbinic Drinking

A new book recently came out that makes for a fascinating resource for educators teaching Rabbinic literature. Intended for college courses as an introduction to Rabbinic literature Jordan Rosenblum’s new book, Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature, has various chapters which could be separately assigned as part of course readings for such courses […]

How Frequently Does Wine Appear in the Mishnah?

How frequently does wine appear in the Mishnah (יין במשנה)? The phrase יין appears in the Mishnah more than 235 times*🍷🍷🍷 The next question you may be asking: where does it appear the most frequently? Let’s start by breaking down the occurrences of the phrase יין in the Mishnah by סדר (seder): סדר נזיקין – […]

Wine in Pirkei Avot

Introduction: Appearances Wine appears in four statements in Avot – three dealing with wine as a vehicle for metaphors and one dealing with wine in a literal sense. Temporal Appropriateness Rabbi Dosa, son of Hyrcanus (while the Hebrew literally transliterates to Harkinas, it would seem that it is a variant of Hyrcanus)[1] warns against wine-drinking in the afternoon (Avot 3:10): […]

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