We raise a glass and pronounce a toast to the Shabbat day, declaring it to be a celebration in remembrance of God’s resting from the work of Creation and our Exodus from Egypt.  Kiddush is made up of three parts — an opening paragraph drawn from the Book of Genesis, which recalls God’s resting on the seventh day, a blessing over the wine ( borei pri ha-gafen ), and a blessing for the Shabbat day ( mikadeish ha-shabbat ). Fill a cup of wine or grape juice. Use a special Kiddush cup or the most beautiful cup you can. Hold the cup in the palm of your hand. All stand. Chant the three part blessing. Sip the wine, then pass the cup around the table for everyone to share.

The leader says: וַיְהִי‭ ‬עֶֽרֶב‭ ‬וַיְהִי‭ ‬בֹֽקֶר‭ ‬יוֹם‭ ‬הַשִּׁשִּׁי‭ .‬וַיְכֻלּוּ‭ ‬הַשָּׁמַֽיִם‭ ‬וְהָאָֽרֶץ‭ ‬וְכָל‭ ‬צְבָאָם‭ .‬וַיְכַל‭ ‬אֱלֹהִים‭ ‬בַּיּוֹם‭ ‬הַשְּׁבִיעִי‭ ‬מְלַאכְתּוֹ‭ ‬אֲשֶׁר‭ ‬עָשָׂה‭ ‬וַיִּשְׁבֹּת‭ ‬בַּיּוֹם‭ ‬הַשְּׁבִיעִי‭ ‬מִכָּל‭ ‬מְלַאכְתּוֹ‭ ‬אֲשֶׁר‭ ‬עָשָׂה‭ .‬וַיְבָֽרֶךְ‭ ‬אֱלֹהִים‭ ‬אֶת‭ ‬יוֹם‭ ‬הַשְּׁבִיעִי‭ ‬וַיְקַדֵּשׁ‭ ‬אֹתוֹ‭ ‬כִּי‭ ‬בוֹ‭ ‬שָׁבַת‭ ‬מִכָּל‭ ‬מְלַאכְתּוֹ‭ ‬אֲשֶר‭ ‬בָּרָא‭ ‬אֱלֹהִים‭ ‬לַעֲשׂוֹת Vayehi erev vayehi voker, yom hashishi. Vayekhulu hashamayim v’ha-aretz v’khol tzeva-am. Vayekhal Elohim bayom hashvi’i melakhto asher asa, vayishbot bayom hashvi’i mikol melakhto asher asa. Vayevarekh Elohim et yom hashvi’i vayekadesh oto, ki vo shavat mikol melakhto asher bara Elohim la’asot. And there was evening and there was morning-- the sixth day. The heavens and the earth and all they contain were completed. On the seventh day God completed the work.God ceased on the seventh day from all that had been done. Then God blessed the seventh day and called it holy because on it God ceased from the work of creation. (Genesis 1:31-2:3)

The leader calls out: סַבְרֵי‭ ‬חַבֶרַי Savrei haverai With your permission...

To which everyone responds: לְחַייִם L’hayim!

The leader begins and all join in: ‭‬בָּרוּךְ‭ ‬אַתָּה‭ ‬יְיָ‭ ‬אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ‭ ‬מֶֽלֶךְ‭ ‬הָעוֹלָם‭ ‬בּוֹרֵא‭ ‬פְּרִי‭ ‬הַגָּֽפֶן

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’ olam borei peri hagafen. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

בָּרוּךְ‭ ‬אַתָּה‭ ‬יְיָ‭ ‬אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ‭ ‬מֶֽלֶךְ‭ ‬הָעוֹלָם‭ ‬אֲשֶׁר‭ ‬קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ‭ ‬בְּמִצְוֹתָיו‭ ‬וְרָֽצָה‭ ‬בָֽנוּ‭ ‬וְשַׁבַּת‭ ‬קָדְשׁוֹ‭ ‬בְּאַהֲבָה‭ ‬וּבְרָצוֹן‭ ‬הִנְחִילָֽנוּ‭ ‬זִכָּרוֹן‭ ‬לְמַעֲשֵׂה‭ ‬בְרֵאשִׁית‭ ‬כִּי‭ ‬הוּא‭ ‬יוֹם‭ ‬תְּחִלָּה‭ ‬לְמִקְרָאֵי‭ ‬קֹֽדֶשׁ‭ ‬זֵֽכֶר‭ ‬לִיצִיאַת‭ ‬מִצְרָֽיִם‭ ‬כִּי‭ ‬בָֽנוּ‭ ‬בָחַֽרְתָּ‭ ‬וְאוֹתָֽנוּ‭ ‬קִדַּֽשְׁתָּ‭ ‬מִכָּל‭ ‬הָעַמִּים‭ ‬וְשַׁבַּת‭ ‬קָדְשְׁךָ‭ ‬בְּאַהֲבָה‭ ‬וּבְרָצוֹן‭ ‬הִנְחַלְתָּֽנוּ‭. ‬בָּרוּךְ‭ ‬אַתָּה‭ ‬יְיָ‭, ‬מְקַדֵּשׁ‭ ‬הַשַּׁבָּת

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu bemitzvotav veratza vanu, v’shabbat kodsho b’ahava uvratzon hinhilanu, zikaron lema’ase vereshit. Ki hu yom t’hilah lemikra’ei kodesh, zekher litzi’at mitzrayim. Ki vanu vaharta v’otanu kidashta mikol ha’amim, v’shabbat kodshekha b’ahava uvratzon hinhaltanu.  Barukh ata Adonai mekadeish hashabbat. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, whose mitzvot add holiness to our lives, and who offered us the gift of Your holy Shabbat, granted lovingly and gladly, a reminder of Creation. It is the first among our sacred occasions, a recollection of the Exodus from Egypt. You have chosen and sanctified us from among all peoples by granting us Your holy Shabbat lovingly and gladly. Blessed are You, Adonai, who makes Shabbat holy.

Everyone responds: אָמֵן Amen


Type of Custom: Kiddush, Motzi & Handwashing

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Source: A Guide to Shabbat at Home