Friday, February 07, 2014

Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergies and Mitzvos (by Rav Asher Bush)

Important information for gluten-intolerant Jews who wish to observe food-based mitzvot.

" the Shulchan Aruch rules that drinking the Kiddush wine (or other wine afterwards) is considered the meal itself.24 

I'm pretty sure that this refers to drinking the kiddush wine or grape juice oneself, as opposed to saying "Amen" to someone else's kiddush.

I've also been told (by a layperson) that the intention to eat a meal, rather than a snack, makes one "eligible" to recite Birkat HaMazon, which, under most circumstances, is reserved for meals that include bread.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 update

Apparently, I missed this part:

'Accordingly, lacking bread, cake or cookies, the drinking of a reviis of wine (approximately 3 fluid oz.) is considered as a “meal” for this purpose. The generally accepted practice is to consider grape juice to be the same as wine.2

The good news is that grape juice "counts" as wine, which, considering the fact that alcoholic beverages just put me to sleep--the reason why I always drink four cups of grape juice at a Seder--is fortunate for me.

The bad news is that my husband and I have been sharing the contents of our Kiddush cups (one meat, one dairy) for years--and each holds only about four ounces, at most.  If I want to fulfill my obligation to eat a halachic meal without eating bread, I'll have to make sure to drink at least three ounces of grape juice at Kiddush on both Erev Shabbat/Sabbath Eve and at Shabbat lunch.  There goes our grape-juice bill.  (Sigh.)  Well, I've joked for years that we're helping to keep Kedem's grape-juice division in business.  :) 

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