Kiddush cup

Wizbang describes several things he learned in his conversion from a Methodist to “born again agnostic” with a special interest in Judaism. His story about the Kiddush cup brings to mind the Indiana Jones story about the Holy Grail where the professor chooses the cup as if it were the everyday drinking cup of a carpenter. Apparently the professor should know better. The cup was a special ceremonial cup and not the everyday thing.

When we recite the kiddush on Friday night, and affirm that the world was completed on the seventh day, we are testifying that the world is a creation, which means it is meaningful, it is purposeful, it has a theme, it has direction. It means that we believe that the world is not simply the mechanistic outcome of natural laws but an expression of creativity. We believe that the world is not the product of nature at work but the creative masterpiece of G-d. [Rabbi David Aaron. Sabbath: The rest of your life. Jewish World Review. 25fb05]

The Passover meal was at the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath and there was special meaning in the cup and in the sacrifice of the lamb. The last supper of Jesus was filled with meaning and parable. It seems the more we learn about the history and tradition of these things the more meaning they can have.

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