Tag: beer

Shmaltz Brewing, Featuring Jeremy Cowan & Jesse Epstein [The Jewish Drinking Show Episode #117]

When I came across a press release announcing the end of Shmaltz Brewing Company last fall (and see also articles in Brewbound and Forward), I was sad to see Shmaltz Brewing come to an end, but also knew it would be an excellent opportunity to have a conversation with the founder of the company for an episode […]

Pharoah’s Cupbearer and Baker as Cultural Conflict of Wine vs. Beer, featuring Dr. Jon Greenberg [The Jewish Drinking Show Episode #116]

A story we encounter in the book of Genesis that, at first glance, may seem to have something to do with drinking could also be seen as having a lot to do with drinking. I am speaking about that concerning Pharoah’s cupbearer (drinks-master) and his baker, whom Joseph meets in jail and interprets their dreams. […]

“Beer is Man’s Life”: TaZ on Hadash, Featuring Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt – The Jewish Drinking Show, Episode #91

How important was beer to 17th century Jews? Apparently, more significant than you or I might guess. In fact, one 17th century rabbi argued that it was significant enough to create a leniency to a Biblical commandment in certain circumstances. In a comment to Rabbi Moses Isserles’ gloss on Shulhan Arukh YD 293:3, Rabbi David HaLevi […]

New Kosher Beverage Resources

Four new resources have been launched to help kosher-concerned consumers consider kosher drinks. Specifically, these pages are on beer wine whiskey whiskey aged in containers that previously held gentile wine (e.g. Scotch in Sherry casks) While these resources are still quite new, I welcome any feedback, suggestions, questions, or more at Drew [at] JewishDrinking.com.

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

Returning to JewishDrinking.com’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, […]

Wine at Lifecycle Events

Wine is an ever-present fixture at Jewish lifecycle events, whether weddings, brit milah, and others – what’s going on with that? Joining the newest podcast episode is Rabbi Avi Finegold, who is the founder of The Jewish Learning Lab, as well as one of the hosts of the Spirits & Spirituality podcast.  

Women and Biblical Beer-Brewing

Professor Jennie Ebeling, professor of archaeology at the University of Evansville has not only written Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, published by T&T Clark in 2010, but also co-authored, along with Professor Michael Homan, “Baking and Brewing Beer in the Israelite Household: A Study of Women’s Cooking Technology” in The World of Women in the […]

How Beer Became Acceptable for Havdallah in the Babylonian Talmud

You can only use wine for Havdallah, right? That’s what the Talmudic rabbis thought…until a certain story happened. And then beer became legitimate to use for this ritual. Featuring Professor Jordan Rosenblum, the Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism, the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Chair of […]

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