Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When kiddush goes bad


One must make sure that the beverage to be used for Kiddush has not gone bad. In the case of wine, for example, “going bad” refers to developing a taste, or even a smell, which indicates the wine has become vinegary, sour or in any way repulsive.

One who recites Kiddush and then realizes the beverage has gone bad should locate a new beverage and recite Kiddush again.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 272:1; Mishneh Berurah 272:1)

Have a great day,


  1. There is also the issue that some of us have been instructed by doctors to avoid the sulfites that occur in red wines and thus should only drink white wine.

  2. Hello SMalkah,

    Interesting point, although I have seen considerable research that shows there are red wines with lower sulfite levels and white wines with higher sulfite levels.