Judaism uses wine to sanctify time. There are several different versions of theblessing over the wine, depending on the occasion or holiday, but they allhave the same core words:
בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן
BA-RUKH A-TA A-DON-AI EL-O-HEY-NU MEL-EKH HA-O-LAM BO-REY P’RI HA-GA-FEN
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine. [A traditional translation.]
Holy One of Blessing, Your Presence fills creation, forming the fruit of the vine. [An alternative translation from Vetaher Libenu, a prayerbook created by Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley.]
Since the blessing is over fruit of the vine, you mayalso choose to use grape juice.In some families, the honor of saying this blessingbelongs to the man of the house and in others thefamily joins together in saying the blessing. You maychoose to have wine in one special cup that is passedto each guest after the blessing or you may have a cup for each person.
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