Printed from chabad.org
All Departments
Jewish Holidays
TheRebbe.org
Jewish.TV - Video
Jewish Audio
News
Kabbalah Online
JewishWoman.org
Kids Zone

Is there Kosher for Passover Alcohol?

Is there Kosher for Passover Alcohol?

Is alcohol chametz?

E-mail

Any time grains (wheat, barley, spelt, rye or oat) ferment, the result is chametz (see What is Chametz?). Many types of alcohol are made of, or contain, fermented grain and are therefore chametz.

Alcoholic beverages made of other substances are permitted. In fact there is kosher for Passover plum brandy and potato vodka. Before purchasing, ascertain that the beverage is certified as kosher for Passover.

Ashkenazim, who traditionally refrain from eating legumes on Passover (see Kitniyot), avoid alcohol produced from legumes as well.

In addition, there are some (including Chabad) who traditionally avoid all alcohol on Passover (with the exception of wine).

Yours truly,

Rabbi Menachem Posner

Rabbi Menachem Posner serves as staff editor for Chabad.org. He lives with his family in Montreal, QC.
© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with Chabad.org's copyright policy.
E-mail
1000 characters remaining
Email me when new comments are posted.
Sort By:
Discussion (8)
March 11, 2013
Beer
Beer is made from fermented grain, which is about as unkosher for Passover as things get. Grain + water + time = not kosher for Passover.
Menachem Posner
QC
March 11, 2013
Kosher for Passover
Is beer kosher for passover? If not why not? Thanks
Anonymous
Melbourne, FL - Florida
jewishbrevard.com
January 27, 2013
alcohol
Is it right to take alcohol drinks during passover feast?
samuel
nigeria
April 9, 2012
Mead
Can honey become chametz? Mead contains no grain and its principle ingredient is honey, though I'm almost certain that no meadery has kosher certification
David
Rockville, MD
March 22, 2011
Passover meal= that is hearty and robust
Do you know why it is important to not only have food? To know how to cook it appropriately and respectfully in a civilized competent kitchen that is safety oriented? Finally that hearty eating signifies a society that is successful on the map, globe, political realms.
In breif, a Passover meal signifies much to a Senior in college as the best tradition they will face in their futures of entertaining a head of household until the end of time. It is a formality and a necessary lifelong lifestyles that matters to community observance. I believe that it represents just whom has made an impact on your entire educational curriculum that you participate at Passover Meal in some type of society organization and welcome a speaker and show avid interest for the full 3 hours in order to reveal the truths about your gov. that needs to support its citizens much much more in adult tranisitions of financial, familty, and what is the center of a housefold and sleeping under a roof with a companion.
kathy a. jordan
san diego, ca, usa
March 25, 2010
Whisky
So, I'm thinking Johnny Walker Red Label is chametz.

Anyway, the most basic reason that Jews don't eat chamatz on Pesah is that they had no time tio make it. But it's been 3,200 years, and layers upon layers of symbolism have been added by the sages and rabbis since then. For example, chametz represents excess, whereas matzah represents simplicity, i.e. the simple relationship of man to G-d.

Ultimately, accepting any element of halakah is a leap of faith. Indeed, Reform Judaism views all halakah as folkways, basically because many rules were seen as being too parochial or quaint.
Max
Fredericton, NB/Canada
April 8, 2009
Staying Kosher For Passover
From my understanding the purpose of not eating anything that contains grains (wheat, barley, spelt, rye or oat) is because the Jews didn't have time to let their bread rise when escaping from slavery in Egypt. My concern with the tradition is that many kosher for passover foods take a lot of time to produce (such as macaroons) which defeates the idea of not eating anything that contains grains. So my question is; were these rules of passover created by man? And also I would like to comment that it would make a lot more since to put a time limit on the amount of time something takes to make instead of limiting what kinds of food you eat. For example a kosher turkey takes much more time than bread to cook, but it is still kosher for passover...
Anonymous
Virginia Beach, VA
January 21, 2008
Only the type you drink, ie ethanol. Any other type that is chemically defined as an alcohol - like methanol, benzene, propanol, the phenols - cannot be classified as chametz according to my understanding (of chemistry, that is, not halacha)
Chaya
FEATURED ON CHABAD.ORG