The commencement of the Shabbat meal—the Kiddush (sanctification)–sets the tone for the meal and day and defines what makes it special.

Kiddush Friday Night


Take the cup of wine in the right hand, glance at the Shabbat lights, then say:

Va-ye-hi Erev Va-ye-hi Boker

Yom Ha-shi-shi. Va-y’chu-lu Ha-sha-ma-yim v’ha-a-retz, v’chawl^ts’va-am. va-y’chal e-lo-him ba-yom ha-sh’vi-i, m’lach-to a-sher a-sa va-yish-bot ba-yom ha-sh’vi-i, mi-kawl^m’lach-to a-sher a-sa. va-y’va-rech e-lo-him et yom ha-sh’vi-i, va-y’ka-deish o-to ki vo sha-vat mi-kawl^m’lach-to a-sher ba-ra e-lo-him la-a-sot.

Glance at the wine (or grape juice) and say:

Sav-rei ma-ra-nan ve-ra-banan ve-ra-bo-tai!

Ba-ruch a-tah, A-do-nai, E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam, bo-rei p’ri ha-ga-fen. (All present respond: Amen.)

Ba-ruch a-tah, A-do-nai, E-lo-hei-nu, me-lech ha-o-lam, a-sher ki-d’sha-nu b’mits-vo-tav v’ra-tsa va-nu, v’sha-bat kawd’sho b’a-ha-va uv’ra-tson hin-hi-la-nu, zi-ka-ron l’ma-a-sei v’rei-shit. ki hu yom t’chi-la l’mik-ra-ei^ko-desh, ze-cher li-tsi-at Mits-ra-yim. Ki va-nu va-char-ta v’o-ta-nu ki-dash-ta mi-kawl^ha-a-mim, v’Sha-bat kawd-sh’cha b’a-ha-va u-v’ra-tson hin-chal-ta-nu. Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai, m’ka-deish ha-Sha-bat.

You may drink the grape juice or wine.

Listen to the Prayer:

Kiddush Shabbat Day

English Version:

Always remember the Sabbath day to hallow it. For six days you may labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath for HASHEM, Your God; you may do no work – you, your son and your daughter, your slave and your maidservant, your animal, and the stranger who is in your gates. For in six days did HASHEM make the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them and He rested on the seventh day;

therefore HASHEM blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.


By your leave, my masters and teachers:

Blessed are You, HASHEM, our G-d, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine. (All present respond – Amen.)


Zachor et yom ha-Shabbat le-kade-sho. Shei-shet ya-mim ta’avod ve-asisa kol melachtecha. Ve-yom ha-shevi’i Shabbat LA-do-nai, Elo-hecha, lo ta’aseh chol melachah ata u-vin-cha u-vi-techa av-decha va-amat’cha uv-hem’techa ve-geir-cha asher bi-she’arecha. Ki sheishet ya-mim ah-sah A-do-nai et ha-sha-mayim ve-et ha-aretz et ha-yam ve-et kol ah-sher bam, va-ya-nach ba-yom ha-shevi’i –

Al kein bei-rach A-don-ai et yom ha-Shabbat va-ye-kad-shei-hu.


Sav-rei ma-ra-nan ve-ra-banan ve-ra-bo-tai!

Ba-ruch a-tah, A-do-nai, Eh-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam, bo-rei p’ri ha-ga-fen. (All present respond: Amen).

Listen to the Prayer: