The Jewish Drinking Show: The Origin of Dropping Wine at Seder

Have you ever wondered why we spill drops of Wine during Seder? This week on the Jewish Drinking Show, find out the answer as Rabbi Drew and Guest Rabbi Zev Farber discuss the origin of dropping wine out at the Passover Seder!

Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber is the Senior Editor of and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute‘s Kogod Center. He holds a PhD from Emory University, a masters degree from Hebrew University, and he received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, where he also received advanced ordination (Yadin Yadin).

He is the author of Images of Joshua in the Bible and Their Reception. He is also the author of “The Original Reason for Spilling Wine: Protection from the Plagues”, an essay off of which this episode is based. A collection of all his online essays and op-eds can be found on