another Haym Soloveitchik book...

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another Haym Soloveitchik book...

Postby Doug Z » Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:21 am

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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Re: another Haym Soloveitchik book...

Postby Daniel Rogov » Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:26 am

I'll add my warm endorsement to the Soloveitchik books. Intelligently written, keen historical observations. Well worth the read from the oenological, sociological and historical points of view.

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Re: another Haym Soloveitchik book...

Postby Yoni M » Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:48 am

We had a very brief discussion on the old forum vis-a-vis the hospitability of the terroir in Troyes. It seems from the review that Soloveitchik continues to maintain his view that the area was not suitable for growing quality grapes, and hence Rashi could not have been a vintner.
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