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What makes wine kosher?

by Rabbi Tzvi Shapiro

  

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Kosher wine must be made, handled and bottled, by Jewish workers. Once the bottle is sealed (and as long as it remains sealed) it can be handled by anyone. 

There is a biblical prohibition which forbids gaining any benefit or pleasure from an item which was used for idolatrous purposes. In order to eliminate the risk of unsuspectingly drinking wine that was made or handled with idolatrous intentions (since wine is the sacramental drink of choice), our sages/legislators instituted that any and all kosher wine must be made and bottled by a Jew.

This restriction does not apply if the wine (or grape juice) was pasteurized ("Mevushal"), since cooking renders wine unfit for libation. Thus once a wine is Mevushal it can be handled by anyone.


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Mitzvot » Kosher » Miscellaneous

Kosher
Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.