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May wine be substituted with grape juice for Yom tov

According to the Talmud in Masechet Pesachim, there is a mitzvah to drink wine on Yom Tov for Simchah Yom Tov. My question is, can grape juice substitute for wine on Yom Tov?
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Question regarding the laws of Brachos

If one drank half a Revi’is of wine, and then drank a Revi’is of water, and then recited “Borei Nefashos”, with the intention of drinking another half a Revi’is of wine afterwards, should he recite “...
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Where are the regions Kerutim & Hatoulim, mentioned in the Mishna as having the best wine grapes, located on a map?

I have not been able to find these locations that are mentioned in the Mishna. I came across this quote: The Mishna also (Menahot, 8, 6) points to the regions where the best wine-making grapes were ...
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If Using *Chamar Medinah* for Dalet Kosos, is an Alcoholic One Preferred?

As discussed previously, the Maharil ("father of Ashkenazic customs") says it's okay to use mead at the Seder if someone has no wine (or presumably is deathly allergic to it), and the Ramah ...
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Wine made from fruits other than grapes

Wine can be made out of any fruit. What is the bracha of wine made from fruit other than grapes? May this wine be used for kiddush?
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If sleeping suffices for "ad d'lo yada", why drink?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 695:2) writes: One must become drunk on Purim until he doesn't know the difference between "arur Haman" and "baruch Mord'chay". The Rama (ad loc.) adds: But some say that ...
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Nazir benefiting from grapes/wine

If somebody vows to be a Nazir, are they still allowed to benefit from wine and grapes? Like would they be able to sell wine and grapes to non Nazir people? Or is it like milk and meat or chametz on ...
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Alcohol sales despite government monopoly

Many places have government imposed alcohol monopolies and private retailers of alcoholic beverages are forbidden. As alcohol, especially (red) wine, has a central place in Jewish practice and as ...
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What are the sources and reason for the custom of Blessing Cup (Kos shel Bracha)- drinking a cup of wine after Shabbat morning lunch? [duplicate]

There is a custom that after the end of Birkat Hamazon at Shabbat morning lunch, someone takes cup of wine, bless before Bore Pri Hagefen, and afterwards Me'in Shalosh. What is the origin of this ...
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Cutting Vines in Halacha

Halacha does not allow one to cut down a Fruit Bearing tree. Does this apply to a Grape Vine too?
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Wine on Erev Yom Kippur

Are there any sources saying that one should drink wine on Erev Yom Kippur, it being considered a Yom Tov? (I’ve heard in chabad that Chassidim used to show up to Kol Nidrei drunk, as “a drunk cannot ...
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Why does the mohel fill his mouth with a small amount of wine during the Metzitzah B’peh of a bris?

While not all Jews practice this aspect of circumcision, some include a ritual known as Metzitzah B’peh (the oral suction of blood from the boy's wound) I'm aware that the Gemara indicates this was ...
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Mixing the wine at Shevah Brachos

When I'm at Shevah Brachos I've seen people pour from one cup to another or something to that effect. What is the exact procedure for mixing the cups of wine at Shevah Brachos? Is there a difference ...
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After-blessing for water that was covered by wine that was covered by bread

If one drank wine, and then drank water or juice, and forgot to bentch for what he drank, or if he did not need to bentch for the wine because it was from Kiddush, and then he had a meal right ...
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Is there a problem with crushed grapes?

I'm making my own grape juice with grapes bought from the local supermarket. Every so often I encounter a grape that is partially crushed. Do these crushed grapes present a problem of yayin nesech?
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Bracha on frozen grape juice

For a cold dessert, I often like to freeze a cup of grape juice and then eat it with a spoon like an Italian ice. What is the appropriate bracha to say before and after eating this delicacy?
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Why is kosher wine or grape juice rare alone but less so as an ingredient?

My understanding is that wine or grape juice is s'tam yenam and forbidden if handled by non-Jews without having been cooked. (See, e.g., an explanation on chabad.org.) The practical result of this, ...
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Whats the reasoning behind יין פגום?

There is an halacha called יין פגום (mentioned in Pesachim 106a and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 182) where if I drank a cup of wine for Kiddush or Birkat Hamazon and didn't finish all of it, I ...
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Kiddush on Grape Juice Jello

May one use grape juice or wine that was turned into Jello for Kiddush? Does concentration matter, for example, if the cup was already full of wine, and a bit of jello was added? I saw a related ...
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On the relative densities of liquids

The Mishna, Shabas chapter 19, describes beating wine with oil (to make a healing ointment for a circumcision) as something that can be done a day in advance and therefore may not be done on Shabas. ...
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What steps in the winemaking process must be performed by Jews for the wine to be kosher?

It is my understanding that Kosher Wine has to be made by Jews. Fair enough, but what steps/stages must specifically be performed by Jews? Is the vineyard required to be owned by one of the faith? ...
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How much are we allowed to dilute wine?

We must drink wine for kiddush, even four cups for Pessah. The Sages said "En simchah ella bebassar ve-yayin -- There is no rejoicing except with meat and wine". But there are plenty of ...
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Can a secular Jew drink non mevushal wine that he touched?

If a secular (non-observant) Jew touches wine that isn't mevushal does that render it not kosher for him to drink? Nafka Mina: gifting non-mevushal wine to a secular friend.
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Blessing on wine in "sheva brachos" without minyan at chuppah

In the absence of a minyan at the wedding (chuppah), some poskim offer to read from all 7 "Sheva Brachos" only the last one - "Asher Bara". However, isn't it necessary in this case ...
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Machshirin and being satisfied with wetting

Mishnah Machshirin 3:3 explains that a loaf of bread which is placed over the top of a wine cask and absorbs wine fumes is considered hechsher. But why is this the case, because there is no reason to ...
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Diagram showing the place where the wine offerings of the whole year collected and its relationship to the altar in the Temple

Gemoro Sukkah 49a refers to the “shittin”. In the Temple, there was a a narrow shaft that was formed on the west side of the gap between the ramp and the altar. Rashi on 'בין כבש למזבח' says: אויר יש ...
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Why does the Jerusalem Talmud speak of only white wine grapes being offered at the temple?

According to Asaph Goor, the Jerusalem Talmud, Bikkurim, chapter 1, Halacha 3, contains a discussion on the question of the propriety of vine offerings to the Temple. It strictly enjoins that only ...
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Why is red wine prescribed for Seder, and what does it represent?

I have not seen specific references describing what the red wine represent in the Seder, and why the red wine is preferred. I know Moses did not write about it, but the tradition of the cup developed ...
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Why Cyprus Wine?

One of the ingredients in the Ketores is Cypress Wine - יין קפריסין. Although the Gemara (Kerisus 6a) notes that pungency is the reason for using the wine, why does the Almighty specifically want ...
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Ice in kiddush wine/grape juice to cool it. What halachic issues would be involved and what are the views?

On a hot shabbos, I would like to put some ice into my kiddush wine/grape juice to cool it. What halachic issues would be involved and what are the views? 1] Does the solid ice contribute to the ...
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Borei P'ri or Borei F'ri hagefen?

Have heard a few older mizrahi recordings for qiddush and am noticing that some of them use borei f'ri hagefen. When i looked up Qiddush in my Egyptian siddur (Farhi Siddur) i noticed the Pei had no ...
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Why extinguish the havdala candle in wine?

My family's custom is that, on motzae Shabas, someone making havdala, after drinking from the cup, pours some of the wine into the saucer (which, note, already had wine, because we overflow the cup on ...
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Grape juice vs. Diluted Wine

Here it mentions that it is better to mix wine and grape juice than to have plain grape juice. How about mixing water with wine; is the diluted wine still more preferable for kiddush and havdalah? (...
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Using the Coravin Wine Preserver on shabbat

There is a new device called the coravin which allows one to insert a needle into a cork of a wine bottle and the wine flows through the needle by using argon gas (protects quality of wine) and by ...
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R’ Hurewitz’s response to prof. Louis Ginzburg about grape juice [closed]

Does anybody know where I can find R’ Hurewitz’s response to prof. Louis Ginzburg about grape juice? Thanks!
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Is there a distinction between משתה and משתה יין?

Throughout the Megillah, the term משתה is consistently used to refer to feasts (ex. 1:3,5,9; 2:18). Rashi on Esther 5:4 writes: אֶל הַמִּשְׁתֶּה. כָּל סְעוּדָה נִקְרֵאת עַל שֵׁם הַיַּיִן שֶׁהוּא ...
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Blessing over a wine-water mix

Someone I know likes to mix (commercial) grape juice or wine with water or seltzer and drink the result. Of course, the first of those two ingredients normally requires "hagafen" and "al hagefen", ...
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Today's reason of wine prohibition

I can understand that in the old days non-Jewish people used to make wine for worshipping or that wine was the main alcoholic beverage and drinking a wine made by non-jews would require some ...
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When it comes to the handling of (non-Mevushal) Kosher wine, what defines "handling" by a non-observant Jew in the prohibition? [closed]

We are warned that when handling a non-Mevushal Kosher wine that it must only be handled by shabbat observant Jews. My question relates to the halachic definition of "handling" and what that ...
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Best raisins to make raisin wine for kiddush?

Raisin wine. SO O Ch 272 (6) quotes the Tur to say יין צמוקים מקדשים עליו (והוא שיש בהן לחלוחית קצת בלא שרייה) (טור): Kiddush may be recited over raisin wine (provided some moisture can be squeezed ...
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Drinking Havdalah Wine during the 9 Days

What are the different Minhagim you or other people have with the drinking of the wine at havdala during the "9 Days"? Do you drink it yourself, or do you use Chamar Medinah (a non-wine substitute)? ...
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Pouring wine into a pagum/used cup in order to reuse the wine inside

I heard that after drinking from the kiddish cup, in order to reuse the wine left over which is pagum, we pour some wine into the cup from the bottle it before pouring the wine in the cup back into ...
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Abstaining from meat and wine until shabbas Nachamu

I remember seeing somewhere that there was a minhag not to eat meat or drink wine until shabbas nachamu. Where can I find this minhag mentioned?
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Is there such a thing as פת מדינה?

In Bereishit, Hashem said to Adam בזעת אפך תאכל לחם This would seem to imply that bread is universal to all people. We also know that bread has a particular definition: it has to be made from one ...
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Does the halacha require that even someone who does not like meat and wine must consume them on Yom Tov?

An often-quoted line, usually preceded by the words "The Sages said", is: "En simchah ella be-bassar ve-yayin -- There is no rejoicing except with meat and wine." I can't find it worded this way in ...
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Did Bartenura really mention this minhag?

There is a quote making the social media rounds which claims the Bartenura mentions a minhag he witnessed on his way to Jerusalem where people would drink wine before going to shul on Friday night. ...
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Does the Yerushalmi mention drinking wine on Friday after bathing

Related to this question. The Otzar Yad Chaim in the picture below quotes the Bartenura who mentions a minhag to drink until tipsy before going to shul Friday night. The seffer then says the ...
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Why did Noach plant a vineyard?

The first mention the torah makes of wine and vineyards is in Gen 9:20-21, when Noach plants a vineyard and then gets drunk on wine after the flood. What prompted him to plant a vineyard as, ...
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Why were Nazarites forbidden to touch anything made of grapes, but we make a brocha over wine on Sabbath?

In numbers 6:1-21, there are a number of requirements for somebody who takes a Nazarite vow. Among them are that the Nazarite "... shall abstain from wine and strong drink: he shall drink no vinegar ...
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Rubbing the Havdalah wine

Is there any source for the practice of not only dipping one's fingers into the Havdalah wine that was used to extinguish the fire and rubbing the eyes with it, but also spreading it around onto other ...