Re: Could a Rabbi be a liquor seller, too? #galicia

Jules Levin

I suspect you are reading into this profession a century's worth of temperance
propaganda. Rashi was a vintner, and I suspect that in the USA during prohibition
many rabbis served shnapps to their congregants after davening, no questions asked
regarding origin. In any case, not only was it sometimes necessary for rabbis to
have another job, but in fact it was required by Jewish law; only Leviim were
permitted to make a living exclusively >from serving the community religiously.
Rabbis /should/ have had a profession besides Rabbi. a principle honored more
in the breach, alas.

Jules Levin

Los Angeles

Russell A Maurer wrote:
On the tomb of a woman who died in Jodlowa (Galicia) in 1902, her father was
denoted a Rabbi with the abbreviation mem-vav-hay (morenu ha-rav; "our teacher,
the Rabbi"). But in the contemporaneous civil death record, there was no mention
of her father being a Rabbi. Rather, his occupation was given as "propinator",
one licensed to dispense liquor, i.e., a tap-room operator. I find this
involvment in the liquor business surprising, but maybe I shouldn't; Rabbis had
to put bread on the table, too, and maybe this was a way to support himself.
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