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341. Indirectly Handling Wine
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47:13 If a non-Jew handles wine indirectly, or moves it with an object, an authority must be consulted. 47:14 If a Jew sends wine using a non-Jewish courier, he must make sure that every tap or opening is properly sealed with a double seal.
340. Brandy
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47:11 Brandy made from non-Jewish wine, or from seeds, skins and dregs of non-Jewish wine, is the same as wine itself in regards to these laws. However, if kosher wine turned into brandy, being handled by a non-Jew does not render it prohibited. 47:12 Tartaric acid – one of the primary components of wine – […]
339. Wine Vinegar
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47:9 If a non-Jew poured water into uncooked wine, if his intention was to make a beverage of it, it is prohibited. If his intention was not to serve the resulting mix – or even if we just don’t know his intention – then it is permitted. 47:10 If vinegar made from kosher wine is […]
338. The Wine Vat
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47:7 When grapes are pressed in a vat, juice flows from them, so the entire contents of the vat is considered wine and becomes prohibited if handled by a non-Jew before boiling. This is true even if he only touched the seeds or the skins. Therefore, vats of pressed grapes in a non-Jew’s home are […]
337. Diluted Wine
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47:5 The restrictions on uncooked wine no longer apply to wine that has been diluted in the ratio of six parts water to one part wine. Anything containing wine diluted to this amount is unaffected if handled by a non-Jew. However, raisin wine, made by pouring water over raisins, is considered wine in all regards. […]
336. Yayin Mevushal
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47:3 If kosher wine has been cooked by boiling it until some of it has evaporated, it remains permitted for drinking even if handled by non-Jews. (Such wine is called “yayin mevushal.”) If wormwood is added to wine, it is still considered wine (as opposed to being considered some other kind of alcoholic beverage). Therefore, […]
335. Benefitting from Non-Jewish Wine
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47:1 Nowadays, according to some opinions, wine belonging to or handled by non-Jews is only forbidden to drink but it is permitted for other forms of benefit. Therefore, one may accept wine from a non-Jew as payment for a debt. (Editor’s note: Clearly, he may not drink it; he may only resell it to another […]
334. Checking for Insects, Asking Shailos
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46:45 The Torah warns us in many places regarding insects; eating them constitutes a violation of several mitzvos. It also taints a person spiritually as Leviticus 11:43 tells us, “you will be made unclean by them.” Therefore, a person must be very careful not to eat forbidden insects. 46:46 If someone asks an authority to […]
333. Worms in Fish and Cheese
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46:43 Small worms are sometimes found in fish, in the brain, the liver, the intestines, the mouth and the gills. This is common in such fish as pike and herring. When this is common, one must check for them. Small insects can also be found on the outside of a fish, on or near the […]
332. Cutting Through a Worm in an Apple
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46:41 It’s not uncommon to find tiny insects in preserved fruit, gathered around the top of the jar. These should be extracted, along with some of the fruit, until all the insects have been removed. 46:42 If someone cuts a piece of fruit and ends up cutting through a worm as well, he must wash […]