Another selection derived from the word for holy, the kiddush is the blessing over the wine, with several forms ranging from one line (blessing God as creator of the fruit of the vine) to a longer version for Shabbat (reminding us that Shabbat commemorates not only the creation of the world but also the exodus from Egypt), and an alternative version for holidays and festivals with insertions for the appropriate holiday.  Kiddush is recited before the meal along with the blessing over the bread (Hamotzi).  The sacred nature of wine was celebrated in Biblical times, when it was offered along with sacrifices in the ancient Temple services. It is important to remember that it is not the bread or wine that is being blessed, but rather God, the creator of these elements of sustenance.


Cantor Samuel Zimelman

Dr. Morton Gold

A Song and a Prayer

Cantorial Music in Maine​