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Judaism has a lot to say about drinking - so...what does it say? This podcast focuses on Biblical, Rabbinic, and Halakhic texts dealing with alcohol-consumption.

The Jewish Drinking Show Drew Kaplan

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Judaism has a lot to say about drinking - so...what does it say? This podcast focuses on Biblical, Rabbinic, and Halakhic texts dealing with alcohol-consumption.

    Homa's Day in Court, featuring Noam Sachs Zion

    Homa's Day in Court, featuring Noam Sachs Zion

    The 86th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show features guest Noam Sachs Zion in a conversation with host, Rabbi Drew Kaplan, as they discuss the story involving Homa coming to Rava's court to seek wine.

    For show notes and more, see: http://jewishdrinking.com/homacourt/

    Here is the Talmudic story, as it is in the Babylonian Talmud, Ketubot 65a:
    Abaye’s wife, Ḥoma, came before Rava after Abaye died, as Rava was the local judge. She said to him: "Apportion sustenance for me."
    Rava apportioned sustenance for her.
    She subsequently said to him: "Apportion wine for me."
    He said to her: "I know that Naḥmani, i.e., Abaye, did not drink wine."
    She said to him: "By the Master’s life, he would give me wine to drink in cups [shufrazei] as large as this." While she was showing him, her arm became uncovered, a light had shined in the courtroom.
    Rava arose, went home, and requested intercourse from his wife, the daughter of Rav Ḥisda. The daughter of Rav Ḥisda said to him: "Who was just now in the courtroom?"
    He said to her: "Ḥoma, Abaye’s wife."
    She went after her and struck her with the lock of a chest [kulpei deshida] until she drove her out of the entire city of Meḥoza, saying to her: "You have already killed three men, as Abaye was your third husband, and now you come to kill another?"
    חוּמָא דְּבֵיתְהוּ דְּאַבָּיֵי אֲתַאי לְקַמֵּיהּ דְּרָבָא אֲמַרָה לֵיהּ פְּסוֹק לִי מְזוֹנֵי פְּסַק לַהּ פְּסוֹק לִי חַמְרָא אֲמַר לֵיהּ יָדַעְנָא בֵּיהּ בְּנַחְמָנִי דְּלָא הֲוָה שָׁתֵי חַמְרָא אֲמַרָה לֵיהּ חַיֵּי דְּמָר דַּהֲוָה מַשְׁקֵי לִי בְּשׁוּפְרָזֵי כִּי הַאי בַּהֲדֵי דְּקָא מַחְוְיָא לֵיהּ אִיגַּלִּי דְּרָעַאּ נְפַל נְהוֹרָא בְּבֵי דִינָא
    קָם רָבָא עָל לְבֵיתֵיהּ תַּבְעַהּ לְבַת רַב חִסְדָּא אֲמַרָה לֵיהּ בַּת רַב חִסְדָּא מַאן הֲוַי הָאִידָּנָא בְּבֵי דִּינָא אֲמַר לַהּ חוּמָא דְּבֵיתְהוּ דְּאַבָּיֵי נָפְקָא אַבָּתְרַהּ מָחֲתָא לָהּ בְּקוּלְפֵי דְשִׁידָּא עַד דְּאַפְּקַהּ לַהּ מִכּוּלֵּי מָחוֹזָא אָמְרָה לַהּ קְטַלְתְּ לִיךְ תְּלָתָא וְאָתֵת לְמִיקְטַל אַחֲרִינָא
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    • 48 min
    Taverns in the Talmud?

    Taverns in the Talmud?

    The 85th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show features first-time guest, Professor Laura Lieber, in a discussion on the phrase בי כובי in the Babylonian Talmud.

    For more on this episode:  http://jewishdrinking.com/barrelhousetalmud
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    • 28 min
    Rabbi Moshe Isserles' Responsum on Gentile Wine, featuring Professor Marc Shapiro

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

    The 84th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show features Professor Marc Shapiro discussing one of the most famous cases of Jewish censorship, that of Rabbi Moshe Isserles; responsum #124. 

    In this episode, Professor Shapiro and host, Rabbi Drew Kaplan, discuss the responsum, as well as its being censored in certain printed editions of Rabbi Isserles' responsa.
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    • 27 min
    Medieval Rabbis on Gentile Wine, featuring Prof. David Freidenreich

    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 the Jewish Studies program and associate director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life. After receiving a B.A. from Brandeis University, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His award-winning first book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law, explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions expressed in ancient and medieval laws about sharing food.
    For those interested in gaining a sense of how the early rabbis dealt with gentile [libation] wine, you can check out episode #71 of The Jewish Drinking Show, “Gentile Libation Wine (יין נסך) In The Mishnah And Tosefta”, featuring Prof. Avram Shannon.
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    • 46 min
    Kiddush in Kabbalah, featuring Professor Rabbi Joel Hecker

    Kiddush in Kabbalah, featuring Professor Rabbi Joel Hecker

    Discussing Kiddush in Kabbalah on the 82nd episode of The Jewish Drinking Show is first-time guest, Professor Rabbi Joel Hecker. In this episode, we focus on what the author of the Zohar writes about Kiddush requirements.
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    • 37 min
    Kosher Cocktail Enthusiasts, with Dovid Statman

    Kosher Cocktail Enthusiasts, with Dovid Statman

    Dovid Statman joins host, Rabbi Drew Kaplan, on The Jewish Drinking Show for episode #81 to discuss the Kosher Cocktail Enthusiasts Facebook group.

    For show notes and more, see http://jewishdrinking.com/koshercocktailsfb/

    The Kosher Cocktail Enthusiasts Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/koshercocktails
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    • 45 min

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