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Section: Shabbos   Category: Story
Splurging On Shabbos Wine

No money should be spared when purchasing the finest wine for Shabbos.  It is wine that rings in the Shabbos in our home with Kiddush, and then again some twenty four plus hours later signals it end.  The schar for splurging on good wine is illustrated by the following story in the gemara.

The mother of Rebbi Zakkai had a special beautiful head covering which she wore Shabbos night.  When she put it on she felt it raised the level of Kedushas Shabbos to new heights.

One Erev Shabbos her son Rebbi Zakkai did not have any money to buy wine.  Shabbos was getting closer and Rebbi Zakkai went to Shul without having procured wine for Kiddush.  When he returned from Shul he noticed his mother was not wearing her beautiful Shabbos head covering that she always wore.  Yet she looked as exquisite as ever, beaming with happiness.  He then noticed on the table a bottle of wine.  Not just any wine, but a bottle of very expensive wine standing gallantly on the table waiting for Kiddush. 

Rebbi Zakkai understood what happened and went over to her and gave her a very warm bracha for her devotion and great sacrifice L'Kavod Shabbos.  The next year Rebbi Zakkai's fortune took a turn upwards and he became a very wealthy man.  The first thing he did was to go out and buy his mother a magnificent head covering shining with precious stones.

When Rebbi Zakkai's mother passed away, she left over for her son Rebbi Zakkai, three hundred barrels of wine for an inheritance.  When Rebbi Zakkai was niftar he left over three thousand barrels of wine.  All this in the zchus of being Michabed Shabbos with the best wine.

What if you are no wine connoisseur and there is no difference to you between a bottle of good wine and an average bottle of wine costing one third the price?  You should ask your Rav, but my feeling is that you are very fortunate man.  Unlike the Kugel with which you are MiAneg the Shabbos and your stomach at the same time, the extra expense of the good wine will be Kulo LaShem.  I'll drink to that! Gut Shabbos.

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