for hebrew readers...
the historian Haym Soloveitchik has written a second book on wine and judaism in the middle ages...which continues from his first.
חיים סולביצ'יק, "היין בימי הביניים, יין נסך: פרק בתולדות ההלכה באשכנז", 480 עמודים, מרכז זלמן שזר.http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3594911,00.html
anyone interested in the, to my mind fascinating, if not a bit weird, history of stam yaynam.
i went through his first book (actually a number of times) when it came out and now the second has become available...
with no intention of causing a kosher wine imbroglio, and certainly not to offend our observant members, but this is probably good reading for anyone interested in how cultural and economic pressures have affected jewish practice through the formative middle ages....and certainly if u have an interest in wines.
and of course its interesting to recall that our jewish italian and spanish brothers in those days(as well as moravian for that matter) enjoyed their local chiantis and riojas without looking for a big K on the bottle...
(and me being of fine italian stock, who am i to be different???)
anyway...just thought id give a heads up...any polemics, leave it for the privacy of PM's.
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