Loaned by Ann Lustig Nieder
Shabbat (or in English, The Sabbath) is a day of rest and spiritual enrichment. Shabbat begins at sunset on Friday and ends at nightfall, Saturday, approximately 40 minutes after sunset.
A Kiddush cup or wine goblet is used on Shabbat. On Friday evening at the beginning of the Shabbat meal it is filled with wine. The word kiddush actually refers to the blessing that is recited over the wine before the meal begins. After Kiddush has been made, everyone present shares the wine. The goblet may be used again at the Havdallah ceremony at the end of the Shabbat.
A Kiddush cup is sometimes made of a precious metal, such as silver, and beautifully decorated. It may be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.
The inscription on this cup reads Mrs. Lawrence Nieder, President, Sisterhood, Temple De Hirsch, 1961-1962, Faithful Devotion.
© 2004 Jewish Women’s Archive.