Kiddush



Fill your wine cup with wine or grape juice. Grasp your wine cup in your right hand (or in your left hand, if you’re left-handed). Many have the custom to stand for Kiddush. Generally, the head of the household recites Kiddush on behalf of all assembled, and they must intend to fulfill the Commandment by listening and responding «Amen» at the appropriate times. The person reciting Kiddush does not answer «Amen» after his own recital.



Recite:

I am hereby prepared and ready to fulfill the Commandment of Kiddush.



(Parenthesized words are added on Friday night.)



(There was evening and there was morning: On the sixth day, the heavens and the earth and all their components were completed. And with the creation of rest, God completed, on the seventh day, His tasks that He had accomplished. He thus ceased, on the seventh day, all the work in which He had been engaged. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because on it He had ceased all the tasks that He had been creating, and He caused them to continue to function.)

With your permission, Honored Assembled:



Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who creates produce of the vine.



[All others respond: Amen]

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the Universe, Who has chosen us from all nations, and has raised us above all cultures, and made us holy with His commandments. You lovingly bestowed upon us (this Sabbath day and) this Day of Remembrance, a day to (remember that we) blow the shofar, (with love,) a sacred gathering, recalling the Exodus from Egypt. For You have chosen us, and made us holy, above all other nations. And Your word is true and everlasting. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who makes holy (the Sabbath,) the Jewish People and the seasons.



[All others respond: Amen]

[On Saturday night add the section in brackets:]

[Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who creates the light of the fire.



[All others respond: Amen]

[Transfer your wine cup to your left hand. Cup your right hand and look at your palm and finger nails together, by the light of the candles, or by the light of the room. Return your wine cup to your right hand, and continue:



[Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who distinguishes between the holy and the secular, between light and darkness, between the People of Israel and the nations, and between the seventh day and the six days of activity. You have differentiated between the holiness of the Sabbath and the holiness of the Holidays, and You have made the Sabbath more holy than the six days of the week even during a Holiday; You made distinguished and You made holy Your nation Israel with Your holiness. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who distinguishes between the various degrees of holiness.

[All others respond: Amen]



The Kiddush continues. Women, who say the following blessing when lighting the Holiday candles, should not repeat it now.

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the Universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.

[All others respond: Amen]



Sit down, if it is your custom to stand for Kiddush, and drink the Kiddush wine.

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