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When do we recite Kiddush?

We recite Kiddush as the opening ceremony of the nighttime and daytime Shabbat and Biblical Holiday meals. We do not recite Kiddush at the...

Which Kiddush is recited on a holiday which falls on Shabbat?

We begin the Friday night kiddush with the standard Shabbat Yom Hashishi and then, immediately after reciting the hagafen blessing, we proceed to the...

Is there a specific way to hold the Kiddush cup?

It is customary to hold the kiddush cup by its bottom in the palm of one's hand. This custom practiced by many chassidim is kabbalistic in...

Why do we cover the Challah on the Shabbat table?

Manna Memories When the Jews traveled for forty years in the desert, they were fed with manna, “bread from heaven” which rained down upon them...

Is a person allowed to make kiddush on beer or other beverages?

In this issue, there is a difference between the nighttime and daytime kiddush. It is always preferable to make kiddush on wine or grape juice. However,...

How do I make Kiddush?

“Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it.”1 This verse is a Torah command to sanctify the Shabbat when it enters (Kiddush) and when it departs...

Friday Night Live

On entering a home on the eve of Shabbat, one may see how a dwelling place is made into a sanctuary. The table on which are set the white loaves of Shabbat...

Can we drink kiddush or havdalah wine during the Nine Days?

Although the consumption of wine (and grape juice) is forbidden during the Nine Days of mourning, on Shabbat we do not practice any of the laws of...

Why is Savri Maranan said in kiddush before the blessing on the wine?

There are a number of explanations: 1. Wine, over which we recite the kiddush, can be a negative thing if used improperly. For example, according to some...

Why do we bless the One Who “sanctifies the *Jewish People* and the holidays”?

True. In the Shabbat prayers we say “He Who sanctifies the Shabbat,”  whereas on the holidays we bless the One Who:...