The Sabbath is holy time. God made it that way as a part of the natural created order. But we only benefit from that holiness by formally and outwardly acknowledging it, and that is what Kiddush is intended to do. Kiddush is a prayer of thanks that we recite over a cup of wine at the Sabbath table. This blessing recognizes the gift of the Sabbath that was given to Israel as an inheritance to be passed on from generation to generation. This prayer is one way that we carry out God’s instruction to remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it. Reciting Kiddush on Friday night sets the tone for holiness for the entire day.
Related Prayer Resources
The Sabbath Table Prayer Books and Audio Companion
The Sabbath Table is offered in two editions; both present Hebrew (or Transliterated Hebrew) and English on facing pages, consisting of Sabbath table blessings, songs, providing Messianic Jews and Gentiles with expressions of praise and prayer deeply rooted in Jewish soil. Exquisitely crafted, comprehensive, and thoroughly Messianic, The Sabbath Table stands proudly next to any comparative resource published in traditional Judaism.
The Sabbath Table Audio Companion provides melodies and songs that will fill your home with joy and delight. A CD or MP3 resource that contains high-quality recordings of the essential Sabbath Table blessings, prayers, and songs. This 48-track audio resource provides standard melodies and clearly articulated lyrics for Hebrew prayers such as Eshet Chayil, Kiddushfor Friday night, Kiddusha Rabba, Yedid Nefesh, Psalm 23, and the complete Birkat HaMazon (Grace After Meals).