Last week`s question:
Diluting Grape Juice
Question: In an effort to limit my kids already robust sugar intake, I tend to dilute the juice in my house with one third water. This week after Kiddush my husband tried the grape juice and realized that I had been a little overzealous with my dilution.
Is there a limit to how much I can dilute grape juice and still use it for Kiddush?
If yes then assuming I overdid it, do we need to make Kiddush again?
Answer: In order to be considered grape juice or wine in regards to making the Blessing of Borie Pri Hagafen and in to be used for Kiddush, it must taste to the average person like grape juice. Based on the strength of the flavor of the wine or juice the proportion can vary and therefore there is no exact number. [Kedem light grape juice has 66% juice but they use some concentrated juice to adjust for the flavor.]
If there is more then 50% water then it definitely loses the status of grape juice.
Therefore if the grape juice was diluted to that point then Kiddush must be made again.
If at the time of Kiddush there were additional bottles of grape juice or wine on the table which were intended to be drank during the meal then we consider the Kiddush to have been made upon them as well and it is therefor valid [ מ”ב רעא’ ס”ק עה’-עט’].
However one must drink an additional cup of the good juice, without making a new blessing [if one spoke about things which are not relevant to the meal then they would have to make a new blessing].
If one has the custom of washing before making Kiddush than we can consider the Kiddush to have been made upon the Challah and is therefore valid as well. One would just make the Blessing of Hamotzie and continue his meal.
This week`s question:
I borrowed a book from the library and it has words stamped along the side of the book. When the book is closed the word is clearly legible but when you open it you can no longer read it.
Is there an issue in opening and closing such a book on Shabbos?
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