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Full Guide About Kiddush Cup

The Kiddush cup is part of Jewish tradition indicating that this day or holiday has started when you pour the wine in the Kiddush cup and say prayers over it.

This is part of the Jewish tradition to express that a holiday has started which is why it is called a ‘Kiddush’ cup and not a ”holiday cup”.

The kiddush cup especially has been made from different materials such as silver or other metals but you can also find it in glass, regular ceramic or even wood. In Israel, there are even cups made from olive tree wood.

The special thing about this kind of cups is that they get make-overs by adding designs with paints on them so when people celebrate their son’s Bar Mitzvah they put money aside for getting him his own personalized Kiddush cup.

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Why do you use a Kiddush Cup?

The main purpose of a kiddush cup is decoration and the religious meaning is mainly to put something in it that represents the sabbath or holidays.

When do you use a Kiddush Cup In Jewish traditions, every Saturday

the kiddush cup is mainly used for religious ceremonies such as sabbath or holidays. The cup can be used by any jewish family but is mostly only seen during these special times.

Can you use any cup for kiddush?


Kiddush cups can be made of a variety of materials including anodized aluminum pewter, Sterling silver 925, Onyx stone, glass, ceramic, stone, and even wood.

The Talmud specifies that they should hold at least 3.2 oz (95 ml) of liquid. Kiddush cups are often decorated with etchings or paintings.

These decorations don’t necessarily enhance the quality or value of the cup; it is simply part of Jewish custom to decorate items used for worship.

If someone who has already drunk from this cup wants more wine he will pour some wine back into his own personal kiddush cup because this is considered healthier than drinking directly out of the same large communal kiddush cup – but it’s still not recommended because you can never know if someone is seriously ill or something else.

It is better to have individualized kiddush cups for everyone so they can drink from their own cup and not have to worry about sharing with others.

 If the same cup gets passed around to many people it might be necessary at times to use a disinfectant before washing this cup but this should only happen in extreme cases (and it’s really not recommended).

If you are having a very large meal where there will be lots of Kiddush wine then it’s preferable that each person has his own personal kiddush cup.

what does the blessing say when using the kiddush cup is:


Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam borei p’ri hagafen (Blessed are You LORD our God king of the universe who creates the fruit of the vine). This blessing should only be recited over wine; grape juice may not be substituted and one may not recite this blessing on alcoholic beverages other than wine. Other appropriate blessings may be said after drinking from a keli rishon or prior to drinking from a keli sheni.


What does Kiddush mean?

Kiddush means sanctification. One reason we bless wine grape juice (and eat specific foods) during the Sabbath and holidays is to recall the Shabbat and holidays, and make them holy.

The reason we use a sacred vessel to hold our wine for blessing is because we recognize the vessels we use in our everyday lives as having significance and sanctity also.

What is the purpose of a Kiddush cup?

the main purpose of a kiddush cup is decoration and the religious meaning which is mainly to put something in it that represents the sabbath or holidays.

What does the Jewish tradition say about Kiddush cups?

In Judaism, one of the most important acts with which you start a holiday or sabbath is by drinking from a Kiddush cup. After this, you have to mention God’s name and drink some wine from the kiddush cup.

What does the kiddush cup represent?

The holiest place on earth is where the Temple once stood. The holiest spot on earth today, according to Jewish belief, is the place on Mt. Moriah where the Holy Temple once stood.

Jews believe that on this spot of Mount Moriah, Jews will gather again in the Messianic times and rebuild a Holy Temple for G-d. This site is referred to as “the Temple” even though there is no actual building situated upon it at present, but merely an open plaza paved over with stones taken from the former structures which had occupied this holiest of spots under Jewish dominion during recent centuries before their destruction by Rome.

What is an Elijah Cup?


An Elijah Cup is a cup used for drinking wine or grape juice. This cup is passed around the table at Shabbat and Jewish Holidays to represent the prophet Elijah who will come again soon.

The cup should hold at least 3 oz (110 ml). It can not be made out of metal, wood, glass or porcelain because these things are considered vessels which can not be sanctified with words. It’s preferable that this cup be made specifically for the rabbi so he doesn’t contaminate his hands or mouth with non-kosher things by using any other cups however there are exceptions if it isn’t practical to have an Elijah Cup made especially for him.

The bottom of the cup must be filled one-third all the way up the sides and it may not contain any non-kosher liquids.

If you don’t have an Elijah cup then pour a little wine from your Kiddush cup into the regular drinking glass and let everyone drink from that one glass.

One thing to remember is that even though there are many elaborate Elijah cups on the market, all of them must be made with specific guidelines given by a rabbi. One does not just go out and buy any old cup as this is forbidden as well as impractical because these cups can be quite expensive. It’s best to go through a reputable Judaica store or ask for suggestions from someone who is knowledgeable about kashrut (Is kosher food allowed?). There are also disposable paper cups with Elijah designs printed

How many kiddush cups do I need?

One kiddush cup will do, but if you’re giving one as a gift it’s nice to have two so that the wine can be poured back and forth between them.

It is also traditional for someone who is sick or old not to share the same Kiddush cup with others because this is considered unhealthy.

The rabbi comes on Shabbat morning to sanctify the wine in your home using the special Kiddush cups reserved for him.

If there are no specific kiddush cups assigned for his use, then he uses any of the kosher cups that you designate (preferably clear) when preparing for his visit.

Kiddush cup for large events

For larger events, there are disposable Kiddush cups which are made out of paper and cardboard. These cups save money, reduce waste and minimize dishwashing time because after you are finished with them you simply throw them away.

What should I do if my Kiddush cup has broken?

Either recycle it or use it for other things like storing candies, nuts, etc., small items which can be placed in the broken kiddush cup and kept on a special shelf where they won’t get lost.

If you don’t have any other use for your broken Kiddush cup then you should still ask someone who is knowledgeable about keeping kosher to take care of throwing it away because Jewish law forbids us from throwing away something that was used in holiness without being properly taken care of first.

How big should a kiddush cup be?

The size of a Kiddush cup varies depending on which Rabbi you ask. They should hold at least 3 oz (110 ml).

Can I use my Kiddush cup for milk too?

No, the kiddush cup is only to be used for wine.

Kiddush cups are expensive items ($45-$3,000) but they last many years and can be handed down from generation to generation if taken care of properly. They are usually quite beautiful to look at and make wonderful Judaica gifts or wedding presents.

do you need a kiddush cup?

You don’t need a kiddush cup to have a Kiddush, but it is customary.

A Kiddush must be recited on wine or grape juice. It’s preferable that the wine come from a standard bottle. You can add grape juice after the blessing if you want to change things up a bit and create something new for family celebrations etc., but this isn’t considered necessary.

It is better to have individualized kiddush cups for everyone so they can drink from their own cup and not have to worry about sharing with others.

Can you eat before Kiddush?

You can eat food before Kiddush is recited, however, we shouldn’t drink anything besides water after eating anything that is not kosher for Passover. If you do recite a long kiddush then you might be thirsty by the time it’s finished so you should have some water or juice ready for afterward.

What does the Kiddush Bracha mean?

“Borei peri ha’gafen.” – It is customary to exclaim “Baruch atah HaShem Elokeinu melech haolam borei p’ri ha-gafen” following the Kiddush blessing. These words literally translate as, “Blessed are You oh Lord our God King of the universe who creates (bara) the fruit of the vine (be-yayin).”

What is a Kiddush celebration?

Kiddush celebrations take place on Shabbat and holidays and at other special occasions. The kiddush cup is filled with wine, Kiddush is recited and then everyone drinks from their own cup.

Family members may each have their own personal kiddush cup and recite the Kiddush blessing over it.


To sum it up,

The Kiddush cup has multiple purposes due to its symbolism. It is used for sanctifying the Shabbat, it is also used as a vessel for holding wine which can be drunk during kiddush and it should be made specifically for the rabbi so that he doesn’t contaminate his hands or mouth with non-kosher things by using any other cups.

A Kiddush cup is a special cup used for sanctifying wine, in accordance with the blessing made over Sabbath Wine.

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Benny Abraham

Benny Abraham

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