The Kiddush Blessing

A Kiddush is a blessing recited over wine.  Reciting Kiddush during Passover and Jewish holidays is a commandment from the Torah. Here’s how to recite the Kiddush:

  • Perform the Kadeish (blessings and the first cup of wine).
  • Fill each other’s cups at the Seder table. The goblet should be filled with at least 80 ml of kosher wine.
  • The father of the house stands up to recite the Kiddush: “Attention, gentlemen! Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who chose us from all the nations, and elevated us above all tongues, and sanctified us with his commandments. And you gave us, Lord our God, with love, festivals for happiness, holidays and times for joy, this day of the Festival of Matzos, the time of our freedom, With love, a holy convocation, a remembrance of the Exodus from Egypt. Because You chose us, and sanctified us from all nations, and Your Holy festivals in love and in avor, in happiness and in joy You have given us as a heritage. Blessed are You, God, Who sanctifies (the Shabbat), and Israel and the holiday seasons. Amen.”
  • During Sukkot, a blessing is added after Kiddush when a meal is held in a sukkah: “Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to dwell in the sukkah. Amen.”

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