I was told of a story about the Alter Rebbe in which once he did not have wine and cups during Shabbos day, and so he made kiddush on a quart of vodka.

What is the full story? Please give the most respected source of it.

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    That's a problem see Rama OC 183:2 – Double AA Jan 24 '17 at 19:31
  • @DoubleAA I am sorry, what part sposificly in the rama are you referring to? (The story I heard was that the kvort was full) – hazoriz Jan 24 '17 at 20:42
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    The Rama in OC 183:2. The text says וְיוֹצִיאֶנּוּ מִן הֶחָבִית לְשֵׁם בְּרָכָה (טוּר בְּשֵׁם רַשִׁ''י); וְנִרְאֶה דִּלְדִידָן שֶׁאֵין לָנוּ הַרְבֵּה יַיִן, אֵינוֹ צָרִיךְ רַק לְשָׁפְכוֹ מִן הַקַּנְקַן שֶׁשּׁוֹמְרִים בּוֹ הַיַּיִן לְשֵׁם בְּרָכָה וְחָבִית לָאו דַּוְקָא, וְכֵן נוֹהֲגִין בִּמְדִינוֹת אֵלּוּ. To say Kiddush on a whole bottle of wine, you'd have to pour it out and pour it back in LeShem Berakha (at least, lekhatchila) because the whole Heter to not be careful about filling the bottle leshem mitzva is because you're going to fill the cup leshem mitzva. – Double AA Jan 24 '17 at 20:44
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiddush#Synagogue_kiddush This Wikipedia article says (without a source) that the Mishnah Berura allows an alcoholic beverage other than wine to be used during the Kiddusha Rabba. (Also mentions some Jews use a different alcoholic beverage during the Kiddusha Rabba.) Can anyone find this in the M''B? – ezra Jan 24 '17 at 20:55
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    The story is recorded here: beismoshiach.org/Ginsberg/ginsberg274.htm – Menachem Jan 24 '17 at 21:23

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