Delicious, or: Unkosher

Sevenling (I drank)

A d’Verse quadrille

I drank an expensive bottle of red 
wine from Moldova. It was subtle; smooth;

Kosher wines must be produced exclusively 
by Sabbath-observant Jews; open bottles are rendered 
unkosher if even touched by gentiles; this feels to me like racism.

Such delicious wine.


The above sevenling is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge #125.

The quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word “wine” in a quadrille.

An elucidation

An enactment was put in place in Talmudic times to prevent Jews from consuming wine that had been used for idolatrous purposes. The religious prohibition was extended, such that even if a Jew knows that a particular gentile is not going to engage in idolatry, it is still prohibited to drink wine that was touched by them.

75 thoughts on “Delicious, or: Unkosher”

  1. So interesting, David. I didn’t know that about kosher wines.

    I feel a bond with centuries of tradition of my people (and persecution), but I suppose I honor them in my own way. 😀

  2. I have spent a lifetime rejecting “religious” rules, edicts and parameters. As a whole, they tend to be racist, sexist, homophobic, and hypocritical. Hundreds of religions, sects and cults. “Follow the rules in order to belong” are fighting words. As you can imagine, I had trouble adjusting to the military as well. My second marriage was to a Jewish girl, and my in-laws poisoned the marital pie.

    1. You know, Glenn, if I wasn’t so attached to the Jewish people, which I relate to as my people – as my family – I probably would never have taken an interest in religion either. But as I explained to my six-year-old just recently, I believe that our traditions are that which bind us – that which keep the Jewish people in existence… and I want to be a part of that, despite my conflicted thoughts and feelings.


  3. As you probably know by now, I grew up pretty much outside religion. But these tensions are everywhere. Do you buy organic food because it’s grown more sustainably or locally grown food because it has less food miles? Do you spend your money on expensive electric cars because you think they’re better for your children’s future or do you put that money aside for them to have later? Do you spend two hours cooking an excellent nutritional meal for your family or is it better to spend at least one of those two hours playing with your kids?

    1. Yvonne, it’s an endless struggle for me to embrace my past with my eyes to the future. These sorts of decisions don’t come easily to me at all – I constantly feel the pulls of many different and legitimate values that are in tension with one another…

    1. I really do understand where it came from, and I really do think it was once justified… but the thing about “kosher” wine (unlike other kosher food products) is that there is NOTHING different about it, other than who produced it and who came into contact with it.


      1. I’m sure there is an interesting history and a reason why the practice began, but it’s ok to question things which don’t seem to make sense anymore, I think!

  4. Is it, is it not
    A question as old as the hills by now

    In my community there are religious groups who won’t eat from my pots.

    No hatred has grown in this regard
    Only the odd chuckle and gossip that won’t stop

    Somehow we are all set apart.

    I love the wine in poetry…
    Blushes and hot flushes.

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