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Daf Yomi: How Talmudic Calculations Make Some Things Forbidden

30 days ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world.
Of all the subjects treated in Tractate Avoda Zara, the one that takes up the most space is wine. The rabbis state as a general principle that Jews are not allowed to have anything to do with wine belonging to gentiles. Not only may Jews not drink such wine, they are not allowed to buy or sell it; nor can Jews have anything to do with wine that has been in the custody of a gentile, even briefly, or that a non-Jew has stirred or handled. The ostensible reason for this wide-ranging ban has to do...
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