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Halacha - Yayin Nesech
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: It is permitted. Today (and in the times of the Gemara) that most non-Jews do not actually worship idols, stam yeinam is only forbidden to drink but not for other benefits.
posted:2011-01-20 14:45:54  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - wine
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

If the wine was in a closed container it is permitted even to drink the wine, but if the bottle was open it is forbidden. If the non-Jew was alone unsupervised in the house with wine that is not closed with two seals, it may be forbidden.

It should be pointed out that many wines (at least in Eretz Yisroel) that are labeled as being not mevushal are in fact pasteurized at a temperature that R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal considers to render the wine mevushal, but the Israeli hechsherim are machmir for R' Eliyashiv shlita and others who require a higher temperature. So if you have a situation where you would have to through out non-mevushal wine, you would first want to find out if it was pasteurized and at what temperature.

posted:2008-05-07 21:59:44  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Passover wine - Mevushal?
Submitted by S.R. Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Mevushal wine means that the wine has been cooked, according to R' Moshe Feinstein ztz"l above 180F. Pasturization usually achieves this, so today that almost all wines and grape juices are pasturized they all have the status of mevushal according to R' Moshe and most US hashgachos.

Since the bishul process degrades the quality and flavor of the wine, it renders it unfit to be brought as a korban on the mizbeach and also makes it unlikely that an idol worshipper would pour it as a libation to his diety. Therefore, the issur of yayin akum does not apply to wine that is mevushal. However for this same reason, it is preferable to use non-mevushal wine for the 4 cups and some say also for kiddush. Today pasturization is done in a way that does not significantly affect the flavor of the wine, and many Kosher mevushal wines have won awards at international contests. Based on this R' Elyashiv shlita rules that pasturization does not render a wine mevushal. But as I mentioned previously most hechsherim in the US rely on R' Moshe.

posted:2008-04-14 00:25:41  (0) comments   email to a friend

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