Kiddush Cups

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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The Jewish Sabbath, or Shabbat, begins at sunset on Friday evening, and lasts through sunset on Saturday evening. Shabbat is celebrated with varying degrees of strictness, depending on a family's particular sect of Judaism. Most Jews who observe and enjoy Shabbat pay special attention to Friday's evening meal.

In our American culture, which touts the virtues of simplicity and reflection yet seldom follows through with them, an evening ritual and a day of rest are welcome moments of tranquility. Jewish families who observe Shabbat are very wise. They understand the importance of family, tradition, reflection, and peace.

The Rituals of Erev Shabbat

There are many wonderful ceremonies included in the celebration of the erev Shabbat supper, or the Sabbath evening meal. The mother lights Shabbat candles and her husband blesses the wine. This blessing is known as making kiddush, for the wine is poured in a special kiddush cup. After the blessing of the wine, the man blesses the challah bread, and the family eats.

Kiddush cups can be incredibly beautiful, and are often given as presents. Parents or grandparents may give children kiddush cups when they make their bar mitzvahs or bat mitzvahs. Kiddush cups can be given as wedding gifts. Kiddush cups are usually sterling silver or silver plate, and are often embellished with gold. For beautiful kiddush cups, look to the Internet for variety and value.

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Very nice article. Kiddush Cup is not only a ritual object – it is both a connection to the past. More than any other Jewish object, it symbolizes tradition, the connection between the present generation and past. It was often bequeathed to a favorite son or eldest child as a form of transferring the leadership of a family.