Kosher vodka - Hanukkah

Hanukkah has past and we decided to extend our list of kosher vodka drinks in order to help find proper drink for Purim. What is kosher vodka? In general you don’t need a heksher to have kosher vodka on your table. But some of the producers might filter with help of non-kosher ingredients or milk, […]

From the standpoint of the recipe, matzah (unleavened bread) which we are commanded to eat on the first day of the Passover is one of the easiest products: water, flour – that is it; any additives or additions make it unsuitable for keeping the commandments, or even non-kosher. However, Jews would not be Jews unless they found even here a place for different opinions and approaches.

According to Talmud, on the day of Purim one should be fuddled so much that they are unable to distinguish between “God damn Haman” and “God bless Mordechai!” (Megila, 7b) Since the dawn of time, Jews have been organizing on this day generous libation; as Polina (Pesya) Vengerova who has grown up in a traditional shtetl recollects: “special attention on this evening was payed to drinks, which actually was by no means common at our home. It even seemed to me that if anyone on Purim drank too much, father treated it as a kind and charitable deed”. Therefore, we find the feast of Purim a worthy cause to talk about the kosher status of wine.

In modern production instead of natural milk, it is increasingly being used so called dry milk (milk powder) – instant substance produced by drying normalized pasteurized milk. Primarily, it is caused by technical considerations – dry milk could be stored much longer than natural.