If I know that non-mevushal wine is available to be used for avodah zarah (as in http://www.mechon-mamre.org/i/5211.htm) and that the prohibition against lifnei iver includes non-Jews[1], then am I forbidden to give a non-Jew a bottle of non-mevushal kosher wine as a gift, let alone a bottle of non-kosher wine?

This question and its answers indicates that avodah zarah, according to some, still exists as a problem.

[1] The prohibition of aiding the commission of a transgression is not one that belongs to the family of not harming another. After all, the other in this case is "harming" himself. Rather, by aiding in the commission of a transgression by another, one is to some extent becoming a partner in the sin. This naturally applies whether the other is Jewish or non-Jewish (See R. Elchanan Wasserman, Kovetz Shiurim, Pesachim 95; Responsa Arugat HaBosem YD 235). Source.


Stam yeinam is not actually assur because of an actual concern of biblical yayin nesech since we do not actually assume they will use it for avoda zara. It's just a gezeira d'rabanan to avoid excessive familiarity that would lead to intermarriage and an ultimate abandonment of the mitzvos. So lo sitein michshol should not apply in your case (of non-mevushal wine). With regard to giving a gift of wine that already has the status of stam yeinam (i.e. regular non-kosher wine), there's a machlokes achronim as to whether even deriving indirect benefit (e.g. in gift-giving) is included in the gezeira and the Rama is machmir (Y.D. 123:1; see: http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5765/vayechi.html )

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    Adding sources would greatly improve your answer. – Double AA Jul 18 '14 at 3:19

In addition to loewian's answer, there seems to be no prohibition for a Noahide to consume wine used as libation for idolatry. See Pesahim 73a and Turei Even to Hagigah 13a s.v. ein mosrin, cited by Gilyon ha-Shas Pesahim ibid.

  • However, cf. Rabbenu Hananel to Pesahim ibid. who implies that there is a prohibition, as noted by R. Yehuda Gershuni in his Shitah Mekubetzet. – wfb Sep 19 '14 at 18:21
  • See also Minhat Hinnukh no. 111 (end of mitzvah) who says that the prohibitions to benefit from idolatry to not apply to Noahides, but see the sources cited in Be-Shulei ha-Minha ibid. – wfb Sep 19 '14 at 18:59

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