G‑d declared the Shabbat holy, and we in turn sanctify it every week anew with “Kiddush.” Kiddush is recited on wine and officially begins the Shabbat meal.

Everyone stands. Fill the kiddush cup so that it brims over with wine. Place the cup in the cupped palm of your right hand (see illustration), and recite the kiddush (click here for text, and here for a recording).

Sit, drink at least half the wine, and pour the rest into cups for the people around the table. Pass the wine around so everyone gets a sip.