Matters of Interest Blog

A Recanati Wine-tasting [Wine Wednesday]

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a wine-tasting. Since I seldom get to do wine-tastings (although I went to one in November), this was kind of a bit different for me, since I’m used to tasting whiskeys, beers,...

Blessing for Different Wine [Talmud Tuesday]

While there is a well-known tannaitic teaching that one says a blessing – בורא פרי הגפן (Creator of the fruits of the vine) – over wine (mBerakhot 6:1), one of the interesting blessings that is created during the period of...

Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Does Not Lead to Sharia Being Imposed in America: A Response to Robert Avrech [Monday Musing]

In the most recent issue of Jewish Action (Spring 2015), Robert Avrech writes (p. 6): Homosexual marriage is front and center as Hollywood’s most urgent social movement. But government-endorsed homosexual marriage will inevitably lead to the legalization of Islamic polygamous...

Travelling on Turkish Airlines

When we recently travelled to Israel, we found that the cheapest tickets were with Turkish Airlines, and definitely hesitated to purchase them.  Actually, we more than hesitated – we contemplated it, eventually deciding to purchase the tickets, although not without...

Session on Beers in Israel at AIPAC Policy Conference

Last week, towards the outset of the AIPAC Policy Conference, an interesting session took place, which garnered the attention of many attendees. So many, that several encore presentations were necessary in order to accommodate all of the interest in the session....