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Rambam Hilchos De'os 5:3 ג. כשהחכם שותה יין אינו שותה אלא כדי לשרות אכילה שבמעיו וכל המשתכר הרי זה חוטא ומגונה ומפסיד חכמתו ואם נשתכר בפני עמי הארץ הרי זה חילל את השם ואסור לשתות יין בצהרים ואפילו מעט אלא אם היה בכלל האכילה שהשתיה שהיא בכלל האכילה אינה משכרת ואין נזהרין אלא מיין שלאחר המזון.‏ My loose translation: A Chacham only drinks wine only ...


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In general, I wouldn't post just a quote, but it so perfectly addressed the question... From Hayom Yom (29th of first Adar), written/compiled by the Lubavitcher Rebbe: In responding to L'chayim there are two versions: L'chayim Tovim Ul'Shalom, "for good life, and for peace." The reason for this blessing is that the first time drinking wine is ...


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I asked this specific question of the Kof-K many years ago. They indicated that it is not a problem. I called them on the phone, so I have no documentation, however, they referred to the Nodah B'yehudah. The isinglas and sediment is never intended to stay in the final product and is removed. The answer was very quick, with no need for research. It struck ...


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Nitei Gavriel Nesuin 2 - 80:21:38 says that the source for saying L'Chaim on wine is Sefer Hapardes L'Rashi, Ravia Brachos 120, Tanya Rabsi 24, Bach Orach Chaim 174. The reason is that since wine brought a curse on the world when Noach drank and cursed Canaan therefore we say L'Chaim when we drink it. He also mentions in the name of the Baal Shem Tov not to ...


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ABSOLUTELY. DO NOT DRINK IF IT IS MEDICALLY CONTRAINDICATED!! NEVER EVER EVER!! Immediately after the statement about "obligation to drink on Purim", the Gemara tells a tale of one rabbi who got drunk and very nearly killed someone. Most rabbis say that's just a cautionary note to moderate your drinking, but the Baal HaMaor says the Gemara is refuting the ...


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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 also interfere with the benefit of wine and the occasional need to drink it. And if our Torah would say "Drink but don't become intoxicated," it would not work ...


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The Shulchan Aruch Harav writes (597:1) (based on Rishonim and Tur/Shulchan Aruch): ומצוה לאכול ולשתות ולשמוח בראש השנה כמ"ש בסי' תקפ"א אמנם לא יאכלו כל שבעם למען לא יקילו ראשם ותהיה יראת ה' על פניהם My translation: It is a mitzvah to eat and drink and rejoice on Rosh Hashana, as is explained in Siman 581. However one should not eat to full ...


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A primary source would be the מדרש תנחומה in פרשת פקודי at סימן ב העת שחוקרין העדים על העבירה שאדם עושה, יוצאין הסנהדרין וכל ישראל עמם לרחוב העיר, ומוציאין לשם לאיש שהוא מחוייב סקילה או אחד מארבע מיתות בית דין, ויוצאין שנים מהם או שלשה הגדולים מהם ודורשין לעדים. וכששבין מלחקור, אומר להם, סברי מרנן. והם אומרים, אם לחיים לחיים, ואם למיתה למיתה. אם הוא מחויב ...


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Only vessels owned by Jews have to be toiveled. Since the Glenfidich owners are probably non-Jews they don't have to toivel their machinery - and even if they did it would be meaningless.


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Ciroc Vodka is made from French grapes and does not have Kosher supervision. This is a quote from Ciroc Vodka's website. Unlike most other vodkas, which are made from grain, CÎROC® Ultra-Premium Vodka is gluten-free and crafted from fine French grapes, distilled a fifth time at the Distillerie de Chevanceaux in Southern France. These specially ...


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I heard the following: Wine and frankincense were administered to a person condemned to the death penalty Sanhedrin 43a This is an association between wine and death. So we say when we drink wine, L'chaim "to Life."


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"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 even water outside of the Sukkah, he is praised." Shulchan Aruch with Rema; 639:2 "Water and wine and to eat fruit - The reason is that eating even a lot of ...


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By Googling for pear cider kosher, I found a that the Kashrut Authority of Australia lists a few such products. (I'm not familiar with that agency, but it's endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council, for what it's worth.) Lechaim!


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Note: This answer was penned when the question was only "What is the minimum Shi'ur (volume) of a cup required for making Kiddush on liquor? Is there a smaller amount required than there is for wine?", without the "What is the minimum Shi'ur of the liquor that one is required to consume?" part. This is the subject of a dispute. The default halacha is that ...


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I think the most succinct words of wisdom on this subject are from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: However, one who has a weak constitution, and also one who knows himself, that by this (excessive drinking) he would treat lightly, Heaven forbid, some commandment, a blessing, or a prayer, or will come, Heaven forbid, to irreverence, it is best (for him) not to get ...


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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 need passover certification: Liqueurs are, by definition, flavored drinks and require certification. Sometimes a liqueur is referred to as an aperitif or ...


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Tif'eret Yosef OC 14 asks your specific question, concluding that the "bread" would be considered pat habaah bikisanin and not get a hamotzi under ordinary circumstances. (I do not expect this ruling is universally agreed upon. Compare, for instance, his reasoning to Aruch haShulchan OC 158:6 and note the ill-defined boundary in Mishna Berura 168 sk 33. See ...


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Although the Beit Yosef (OC 597) quotes the Kol Bo that some have the custom of fasting on Rosh HaShanah, most rishonim hold that fasting is inappropriate and that one should eat, drink, and rejoice on Rosh HaShanah, and the Shulchan Aruch paskens accordingly (with the caveat that the rejoicing should be tempered by reverence for the day). This accords with ...


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I asked them and received the following reply from Rabbi Moshe D Gutnick (with permission to post here): In NZ all ethanol is produced from whey and is Dairy. Therefore all ethanol based alcoholic beverages such as Vodka produced in NZ must be considered dairy. Beer was also included in that as a precaution. However it is now quite clear that none of the ...


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Actually the answer to your question is implied in your question. Your are consuming fermented grains which is the definition of chametz. Just because you then dissolve the fermented grain in a liquid does not make it permissible. The "cheekful" reference is for liquid food, as is the reference to Rvi'is. A good summary WHICH FOODS ARE CHAMETZ? is: Beer ...


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The Gemara says (Megila 7b) "Hayab Inish LeBisumi Ad Delo Yada...- a man must get drunk until he doesn't know..." However, in that statement it doesn't mention wine. Wine is usually the methodology used but I don't see any Mamashut to it being MeIkar HaDin (i.e. not MeChuyav). One of my Rabbanim (who I was told is a Posek) says wine is unnecessary and that ...


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Rashi, Nemukey Yosef, Riaz, Rokeach, Rambam, and many others all write wine. THis presents mystery; if one or two said it it might be coincidental, but with so many you'd think thered be an explanation. My explanation is that these Rishonim understood that "bsumei" means to get drunk through wine. THere is much support for this assertion: Rashi generaly ...


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Rav Shmuel Kamentsky holds one can use anything (kovetz Halachos perek 18:11). He discusses many sources including the Tur, Shulchan Aruch, Chayei Adam, and more poskim. He also cites the Aruch Hashulchan 695:5 with a savorah of one could use יי"ש but shouldn't for other reasons. He also discusses Minchas Elazar 695 בשבילי דוד and the קהילות יעקב.


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The bracha was enacted specifically for wine; I can't see how it would apply to anything else.


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Most beer produced today is produced from barley. The barley is soaked in water to malt. Barley is one of the 5 major grains which become Chometz by exposure to water. Regarding the amount of Chometz that is forbidden, Chometz is forbidden B'Mashehu (even a minute amount). However there are grain-free beers that are Kosher for Pesach.


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Taz Yoreh Deah 293 (s'if kattan 4): דחייו של אדם תלוי בשתית שכר


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In "Is Sake Kosher?", a 2009 article1, the OU, referring to (but unfortunately, not clearly citing) a responsum by R' Hershel Schachter, explains that one should not assume that uncertified sake is kosher for the following reasons: Early in the sake-making process, rice is cooked. As cooking rice transforms it from an inedible product to one that is edible ...


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There are plenty of shules where women drink alcohol and there are plenty of shules where alcohol is not publicly on display. This is purely sociological.


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Again to reiterate: NEVER ENDANGER HEALTH FOR ANY MITZVAH EXCEPT CARDINAL SINS (IDOLATRY, MURDER, FORBIDDEN RELATIONS) Besides for Rishonim (R. Ephrayim, Baal Hameor, Ran, et. al) who hold that the Gemara of chayiv inish does not reflect the final ruling, and the many attempts in Rishonim to lower the degree necessary, many Rishonim write explicitly that the ...


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