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Jews and BoozeBecoming American in the Age of Prohibition$
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Marni Davis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720288

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720288.001.0001

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Rabbis and Other Bootleggers

Rabbis and Other Bootleggers

Jews as Prohibition-Era Alcohol Entrepreneurs

(p.139) 5 Rabbis and Other Bootleggers
Jews and Booze

Marni Davis

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the Jews' bootlegging activities, with particular attention to the “rabbinic wine scandals” engendered by the Volstead Act's sacramental wine dispensation. Prohibition regulation granted special dispensation that gave American Jews access to sacramental wine for religious purposes, and established procedures by which Jews could buy and sell it. This dispensation emerged early in the Prohibition era as a massive breach through which hundreds of thousands of illegal alcohol flowed. The fact that Jewish alcohol production, purveyance, and consumption was actually built into federal Prohibition law had a profound effect on Jewish attitudes toward Prohibition, and on prohibitionists' attitudes toward Jews.

Keywords:   American Jews, Jewish immigrants, bootlegging, rabbinic wine scandals, Volstead Act, prohibition movement, sacramental wine, temperance, Prohibition law

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