Category: History

Challenges of Rabbis Selling Alcohol During Prohibition

In this clip from the 101st episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Dr. Yaakov Weinstein shares his research on context for challenges of rabbis selling alcohol during Prohibition, deriving from his “Grape Juice: the Solution to Prohibition”, Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought Vol. 48, No. 1 (Spring 2015): 19-32.

How Grape Juice Was Treated As Any Other Fruit Juice by American Orthodoxy due to Prohibition [Clip from Ep. 101]

In this clip from the 101st episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Dr. Yaakov Weinstein shares his research on how American Orthodoxy treated grape juice like any other fruit juice in the Prohibition era and even afterwards, deriving from his “Grape Juice: the Solution to Prohibition”, Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought Vol. 48, No. […]

19th Century Raisin Wine in America – featuring Professor Jonathan Sarna

While we take it for granted that wine, in general, and kosher wine, in particular, is widely available in America, that has not always been the case. For many American Jews in the 19th century, many took to raisin wine, particularly for Passover. For the 100th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Professor Jonathan Sarna […]

Modern Israeli Wine History, Part 2: 1970s-Present, featuring Adam Montefiore – The Jewish Drinking Show episode #93

Following-up from the previous episode of The Jewish Drinking Show on an early history of modern Israel’s wine history, Adam Montefiore shares about Israel’s wine history from the 1970s to the present for the 93rd episode of the show. Adam Montefiore is a wine industry insider turned wine writer, who has contributed to the advance […]

Modern Israeli Wine History, Part 1: Early History, featuring Adam Montefiore – The Jewish Drinking Show episode #92

What has been modern Israel’s history of wine? For the 92nd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, Adam Montefiore is the featured guest to discuss the early history of this topic. There is so much to discuss on this topic that the next episode (#93) will be recent history (stay tuned!). Adam Montefiore is a wine […]

Jews in American Distilling History

Despite what we may think about distilling in America, in general, and Bourbon, in particular, Jews have been involved in significant ways in American distilling history. The focus of the 88th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show is exactly that: Jews in American distilling history. The featured guest to discuss this topic is Maggie Kimberl, who is […]

An Introductory Overview to Jewish Drinking Through The Ages

The newest podcast episode is now up, featuring Joel Haber in our discussion on “An Introductory Overview to Jewish Drinking Through The Ages”. Mr. Haber has been working on “The Taste of Jewish Culture”, a project on Jewish food through the ages (you can also check out the project’s Facebook page). Through this project, Mr. […]

Jews’ Involvement in the 18th Century Caribbean Rum Trade

The 30th episode of the JewishDrinking.com podcast and video show is now out! Featuring Professor Stanley Mirvis, whose book The Jews of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: A Testamentary History of a Diaspora in Transition hits bookshelves today, this episode is on the involvement of Jews in the 18th century rum trade in the Caribbean. The audio and […]

What a Third Century Mosaic in Sepphoris Can Tell Us About Jewish Drinking Attitudes in the Third Century

The newest podcast and video episode for JewishDrinking.com features Professor Loren Spielman, an associate professor at Portland State University. In this episode, Professor Spielman discusses a third century mosaic in Sepphoris (ציפורי), a town in the Galilee, where rabbis involved with Rabbinic Literature lived and traveled. The episode is available in both podcast and video […]

Jews as Tavernkeepers in 17th & 18th Century Poland

The newest JewishDrinking.com: The Show podcast/video episode is now live! Featuring Professor Adam Teller, professor of History and Judaic Studies in the Department of History at Brown University, this episode focusses on Jews as tavernkeepers, as well as producing alcohol in the 17th and 18th century Poland. Having previously published an episode on Jewish tavernkeepers […]

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