While there are many customs surrounding how Kiddush is performed in terms of sitting, standing or forming the crown, the text is consistent as seen in any prayer book out there. There is a huge array of Kiddush cups, from modern styles and traditional models, simple or ornate. This is a matter of personal preference and there is a wide variety seen in every community.
The style of Kiddush is to recite the Genesis verse, two brachas, and then to drink one cheek-full of the wine. Many people will get a set of small Kiddush cups to pour out a portion for each of the guests, especially useful if there are many people. Set aside extra wine if there wouldn’t be enough in one cup for everyone who is joining, and whoever is saying the blessing should have in mind to be reciting for all the rest.
There is also a Kiddush for the day-time meal over Shabbat, known as Kiddusha Rabba, with its own preceding text, but the same blessing. No matter which Kiddush, you’ll find some families use tunes passed down over generations, and some that keep it simple.
Overall, Shabbat Kiddush is a short but sweet entry to Shabbat and any Friday night dinner. It’s as customizable as any family preferences and a fundamental part of every Jewish family’s weekly traditions, whether generations old or newly founded.
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