Why do We Bless Wine at the Onset of Shabbat?
The Sages, in their understanding of Exodus 20:9 instructed that the sanctification of the Sabbath and other Holy Days be accompanied by wine. They also instructed that the “Kiddush” or sanctification be made over the wine at the onset of the Sabbath, before the Sabbath meal. By reciting the “Kiddush”- the blessing over wine on the Sabbath, we proclaim the sanctity of the Sabbath day. The wording of the blessing that we recite over the wine mentions both the creation of the world and the redemption from Egypt as examples of God’s grandeur. Lastly, Kiddush proclaims the beauty of the day of rest which is about to come. Watch to find out more!
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