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Why is alcohol not prohibited?

Rabbenu Avraham ben HaRambam writes: If God would forbid everyone to drink wine and alcohol as he forbade non-kosher animals and fowl, not all would be able to comply...such a prohibition would ...
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Can one drink a beer outside the Sukkah?

"And it is permitted to drink water and wine and eat fruit [even if he established himself on them- REMA's own opinion] outside of the Sukkah. And he who is stringent upon himself, and will not drink ...
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Why isn't Amaretto Kosher for Passover?

I'm sure it depends on the specific type, and producer. The CRC list you linked contains 2 Kosher for Passover Amarettos (search for amaretto on the page), but also gives a reason for why Amarettos ...
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Custom to specifically have whiskey after fish because of danger

Sh'arim M'tzuyanim B'Halacha [on Kitzur Shukchan Aruch] 33/2 makes this suggestion.
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Cointreau on Passover

Cointreau is French so let's ask the French .... the Consistoire (France's central Jewish authority)'s website says the regular Cointreau is Kosher and it has been on the kosher product list for a ...
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Does beer need to be Yashan

It would be prohibited. The Shach Y”D 293:6 says ע"כ ובס' לח"מ סוף מסכת תרומות האריך למצוא היתר על שכר שעורים הנעשה מחדש מטעם שהמשקה היוצא מהן מותר וצריך להתיישב בדבר כי מתשובת הרא"ש ...
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What's the first reference in Judaic sources to distilled alcohol products?

Distilled alcohol was first documented by 9th century Middle Eastern Muslim chemists, centuries before its appearance in Europe. The earliest reference I could find appears in the medical literature ...
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Etz Hadas - Alcoholic?

This is one view presented in Sanhedrin 70a: אמר רבי זכאי: אמר לו הקדוש ברוך הוא לנח: נח, לא היה לך ללמוד מאדם הראשון, שלא גרם לו אלא יין. כמאן דאמר אותו אילן שאכל ממנו אדם הראשון גפן היה. דתניא, ...
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Is Rum Kosher for Passover?

Rum, while it can be made kosher l'Pesach, needs a certification for Orthodox observance. Whether it be the contents that could be mixed with it, the facility, or the utensils, it is not KLP by ...
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Beer at a Shalom Zachor

This article suggests Perhaps the earliest mention of beer at a shalom zachor is by Rabbi Yaakov Halevi Lifshitz (1838–1921) of Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania, in his work Zichron Yaakov, in which he ...
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Is Rum Kosher for Passover?

UPDATE Since rum is fermented and has had yeast added (and possibly even alcohol) it would require certification for Passover even if it is kosher without certification for the rest of the year. CRC ...
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Can a Jew go to a microbrewery or whiskey / rum distillery?

I asked my rav who said that a tasting room is not the same type of atmosphere as a bar. My understanding from our conversation is that the place is designed mainly as a tourist site, and they are ...
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Does Sour Beer Require Certification?

Sour Beers in and of themselves are fine, but many have added flavors and/or are aged in used wine barrels. Most Hashgachas do not seem to have a problem with yeast, plus many yeasts used in America ...
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The Maharsha accusing Rav Pappa!

I have a different answer: It is possible that the whole statement is Rav Pappa, and that he himself said it isn't true, and that the Maharsha is pointing out that Rav Pappa felt uneasy because he was ...
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What are usual Jewish practices and doctrine for addictive substances such as alcohol and tobacco?

I won't mention the tobacco element as it is dealt with quite comprehensively in the link provided by @Kazibacsi, however, I will note some sources about alcohol. Whilst wine plays an important part ...
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Is there a relationship between Alcohol and Tekhelet

Alcohol's etymology comes from a combination of French and Arabic- French was "alcool," which translates to alcohol, and Arabic's part of the project either being Al-kuhul or more likely al-...
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The Maharsha accusing Rav Pappa!

Great question, I would read the Maharsha differently and I think if you read the "header" of the Maharsha it is important (according to me). Why does the Maharsha include "לאו מלתא היא ...
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The Maharsha accusing Rav Pappa!

I don't think the Maharsha is accusing R' Pappa of making an untrue statement to boost sales. As the Rashash himself points out (and the Chasam Sofer hints), the Gemara's rebuttal would apply equally ...
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What's the first reference in Judaic sources to distilled alcohol products?

The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah, Chapter 123) references aguardiente, a hard liquor distilled from wine. Though its bracha is shehakol, Maran rules it assur (when made by non-Jews) as containing the ...
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Drunkness on Purim and Alcoholism

A Rav once told me that since I would be having someone who was known to me to have alcohol problems at my Pesach table I shouldn't have wine so as not to be a stumbling block for him.
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How much beer/whisky would one have to consume to be chayav m’doaraisa?

The Rambam writes (MT Chametz u Matza 1:1) Anyone who intentionally eats an olive's size of chametz on Pesach [...] is liable for kareit [...] [The above applies] equally to one who eats chametz and ...
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Does Sour Beer Require Certification?

It would seem that the leniency employed with regard to allowing regular beer without kosher certification would not necessarily apply to sour beer. See e.g. Beer for Dummies: Likewise, if beers ...
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Malibu coconut rum Kosher?

Rosends pointed out these links, which say: Malibu Cocunut from Spain is not approved. Malibu Cocunut from Scotland is under the Hechsher of the KLBD, even if not written on the bottle. However, I ...
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Is Patron Silver tequila kosher for Passover?

Interestingly, when you asked the question, it was not certified Kosher for Passover, but now it is. (See here. The certification is given by SUPERVISORES EN CALIDAD KOSHER - their reliability is ...
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Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher?

Well, I'm the new Jewish boy around here. Please note that I´m also frum. Recently, I started to try beers more "pro" like, since I completely HATE vodka (what kind of Chabad am I, I don´t know, but ...
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Would coffee in beer be kosher?

Coming at the answer from a different angle, I once asked a brewery about a coffee stout and what other ingredients might be in it. I received this response: I don't think the Coffee Stout would ...
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Would coffee in beer be kosher?

I have asked both the OU and the CRC about this. It would make sense that since unflavored beer doesn't require a hechsher and certain ingredients themselves don't require one that beer with them ...
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Can one trust the Kashrut of Alcoholic Beverages in bars?

An old unanswered but very interesting question. On trusting the bartender, there might be an analogy with the kashrut of olive oil. R Yirmiyohu Kaganoff writes here that the OU holds that extra ...
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