Tag: The Jewish Drinking Show

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 […]

Medieval Jewish Legal Authorities (Rishonim) on Purim-Drunkenness

Introduction With Purim taking place at the end of this week, drinking on Purim is curiously an interesting topic of discussion. With the Talmudic statement to get drunk on Purim (for more on this topic in the Talmud, see this episode featuring Prof. Jordan Rosenblum), how do the medieval Jewish legal authorities deal with this […]

Drinking Parties in the Book of Esther

Introduction The 60th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show features a discussion on the drinking parties in the book of Esther, featuring first-time guest Professor Joshua Joel Spoelstra. Guest Bio Professor Spoelstra is a professor of World Religions at Piedmont College, the Pastor at Downtown Community Fellowship in Clemson, SC, and whose dissertation was “Life-preservation in Genesis […]

A Kabbalistic Approach to Purim-Drinking

Introduction With Purim on the horizon, the next three episodes of The Jewish Drinking Show are all Purim-related, kicking-off with the 59th episode on A Kabbalistic Approach to Purim-Drinking, looking into Rabbi Hayyim Vital’s approach to the topic. Bio The guest for this episode is Professor Vadim Putzu, an associate professor at Missouri State University, whose […]

Wine in Ben Sira – The Jewish Drinking Show Ep. #58 with Professor Michael Satlow

Introduction The 58th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show is now published on Wine in Ben Sira, featuring Professor Michael Satlow. Guest Biography Professor Satlow is a professor of religious studies and Judaic studies at Brown University. His research focuses on the social and religious history of Jews and Judaism in antiquity, and broader research interests […]

Upcoming Episodes of The Jewish Drinking Show Through the End of February 2021

Following-up on November’s post about upcoming episodes of The Jewish Drinking Show, here is a list of upcoming episodes through the end of February 2021: January 26, 2021 – Angels & Asparagus – Prof. Mika Ahuvia February 2, 2021 – Wine in Ben Sira – Prof. Michael Satlow February 9, 2021 – A Kabbalistic Approach […]

Stats for The Jewish Drinking Show in the First 16 Months

I frequently get asked, “How many people listen to The Jewish Drinking Show?” and I have consistently been unable to answer them. So, with the recent month hiatus in publishing the show, I realized it would be an excellent opportunity to look at the numbers before resuming publishing new episodes tomorrow. For those less familiar with […]

The Rabbinic Drinking House (בית משתה) in the Mishnah and Tosefta

What is the Rabbinic drinking house? Joining the 55th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show is Professor Jordan Rosenblum to discuss the phrase בית משתה in the Mishnah and the Tosefta with host Rabbi Drew Kaplan. Professor Rosenblum is the Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism, the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at […]

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