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Orthodox Jews will not drink wine produced by non-Jews. The prohibition on drinking such wine, called "yayin nesekh," goes back to pagan times, when wine was used for idolatrous purposes. One area of leniency is in regard to pasteurized wine, which falls under the category of "cooked wine" ("yayin mevushal"). Such wine was historically viewed as less suitable for religious practices, and is therefore not subject to the same prohibitions as uncooked non-Jewish wine, primarily regarding the way it may be handled. However, even mevushal wine is forbidden without proper supervision.

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