Category: Post-Talmudic Halakhic Literature

Video Clips from the Professor Marc Shapiro Episode

Interested in checking out a couple of clips from the 84th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, featuring Professor Marc Shapiro? You’re in luck! Here are clips on the censorship of Rabbi Moshe Isserles’ gentile wine responsum and on Italian rabbis permitting the consumption of gentile wine:

Rabbi Moshe Isserles’ Censored Responsum on Gentile Wine, featuring Professor Marc Shapiro

Perhaps one of the most famous instances of Jewish censorship involves wine๐Ÿท Joining The Jewish Drinking Show to discuss this wine-related instance of Jewish censorship is Professor Marc Shapiro. A graduate of Brandeis (BA) and Harvard (PhD), Professor Shapiro holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at Scranton University and is the author of numerous […]

Clips From Episode 83: Geonim and Maimonides on Gentile Wine

Interested in some clips from the recent episode of The Jewish Drinking Show? You’re in luck! Here are a couple of clips from the 83rd episode ofย The Jewish Drinking Show, featuring Professor David Freidenreich: Geonim on Gentile Wine Maimonides on Gentile Wine

Medieval Rabbis on Gentile Wine, featuring Prof. David Freidenreich

With gentile wine being seen as off-limits in the times of the Mishnah and Talmud, how did post-Talmudic rabbis advise on this matter? Joining the 83rd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show is Professor David Freidenreich. Prof. Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College, where he serves as director of […]

Beer and Whiskey in Wine Containers That Previously Contained Gentile Wine

For the 53rd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Joshua Schwartz joins the show in discussing beer, whiskey, and other beverages in containers that previously contained gentile wine. The co-creator of the world’s first art bentscher, Seder Oneg Shabbas, and editor of the first-ever Talmudic graphic novel, The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, Joshua Schwartz serves as […]

Discussing Non-Wine Beverages for Kiddush & Havdallah in Post-Talmudic Literature

Returning to’s podcast & video series is Professor Joshua Kulp, who discusses non-wine beverages for Kiddush and Havdallah in Post-Talmudic Halakhah. For a more in-depth discussion on the Talmudic background of this discussion, check out the episode on “How Beer Became Acceptable For Havdallah In The Babylonian Talmud” featuring Professor Jordan Rosenblum. Dr. Kulp, […]

Non-Wine Beverages During the Nine Days

Now that the nine days have begun, I have begun to see questions popping up in online spaces asking about various alcoholic beverages to be consumed from Roshย Hodesh Av through the 8th day of the month of Av (The Nine Days). One thing that is clear is what Rabbi Yosef Karo (1488-1575) wrote in his […]

Which Whiskey Was Rav Moshe Referring To? [Iggerot Moshe YD 62-64]

Introduction In a trilogy of responsa from the spring of 1948, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein responds to Rabbi Pinchas Teitz regarding the permissibility of drinking blended whiskey that may have had had wine blended in to them (ืื’ืจื•ืช ืžืฉื”, ื™ื•ืจื” ื“ืขื” ืกื‘-ืกื“).1 What goes entirely unspecified is the origin/type of whiskey. Is it Scotch whisky? Could […]

Some Considerations of Storing Non-Wine Liquids in Containers That Had Previously Contained Gentile Wine [YD 137:4]

Rabbi Yosef Karo, in hisย Set Table, writes straightforwardly (ืฉืœื—ืŸ ืขืจื•ืš ื™ื•ืจื” ื“ืขื” ืงืœื–:ื“): ื›ืœื™ื ื”ืืกื•ืจื™ื ืžื—ืžืช ื™ื™ืŸ ืฉืœ ืขื•ื‘ื“ ื›ื•ื›ื‘ื™ื ืžื•ืชืจ ืœื™ืชืŸ ืœืชื•ื›ื ื‘ื™ืŸ ืžื™ื ื‘ื™ืŸ ืฉื›ืจ ื‘ื™ืŸ ืฉืืจ ืžืฉืงื™ื ื•ื‘ืœื‘ื“ ืฉื™ื“ื™ื— ื‘ืชื—ืœื” ืœื—ืœื•ื—ื™ ื”ื™ื™ืŸ ืฉืขืœ ืคื ื™ ื”ื›ืœื™ื ื•ื›ืŸ ืžื•ืชืจ ืœืžืœื•ื— ื‘ื”ื It is permissible to place wine, beer, or other beverages in vessels that […]

The Beginnings of the Post-Shulhan Arukh Debate Over the Ratio of Nullifying Libated Wine [YD 134:5]

A fascinating wine-related dispute breaks out over Rabbi Yosef Karoโ€™s (1488-1575) statement (ืฉื•”ืข ื™ื•”ื“ ืงืœ”ื“:ื”): ืžื” ื™ื”ื ื‘ืžื™ื ื•ื™ื”ื ื‘ื”ื ื›ื“ื™ ืœื‘ื˜ืœ ื˜ืขื ื”ื™ื™ืŸ ืฉืฉื” ื—ืœืงื™ื ื›ื ื’ื“ื• ื•ื›ืœ ืฉื™ืฉ ื‘ืžื™ื ื›ืฉื™ืขื•ืจ ื”ื–ื” ืžื•ืชืจ ืืคื™ืœื• ื‘ืฉืชื™ื™ื” How much of a ratio is there with water to cancel out the taste of [libated] wine? Six parts [of […]

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