Kiddush means "sanctification" in Hebrew. The Kiddush is a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Sabbath, Jewish holiday or a Bat/Bar Mitzvah. The Kiddush does not have to be said in Hebrew. It is acceptable to say the Kiddush in any other language that everyone at the table understands.
The Kiddush in English: “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has been pleased with us; in love and favor has given us His holy Sabbath as a heritage, a memorial of the creation – that day being also the first among the holy festivals, in remembrance of the exodus from Egypt. You have chosen us and hallowed us above all nations, and in love and favor hast given us thy holy Sabbath as a heritage. Blessed are you, O Lord, who sanctifies the Sabbath.”
What is the importance of the Kiddush Cup at Passover?
Four cups of wine are poured and consumed throughout the Passover Seder. These cups of wine are an integral part of the Passover tradition as each cup represents one of the four expressions of redemption God made to the ancient Hebrews as explained in Exodus 6:6-7. The first cup, "I will take you out…"; the second cup "I will save you…"; the third cup, "I will redeem you…" and the fourth cup, "I will make you a nation…" A Kiddush Cup is filled for each of these redemptions and passed around the table for everyone to sip.
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