The Hebrew word kosher means “fit or proper” as it relates to kosher dietary law. The basic laws of Kashrus (Hebrew word for kosher) are of Biblical origin (Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 17). For thousands of years, rabbinic scholars have interpreted these laws and applied them to contemporary situations. In addition, rabbinic bodies enacted protective legislation to safeguard the integrity of kosher laws.
Biblical reference for wine consumption was first mentioned in the Torah with Noah planting the vineyard after the flood receded. The Torah delves into the laws of worship and sacrifice for the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. Today, wine is an essential component in Jewish sacramental services, in the synagogue, at home and during life cycle events.