Saturday, May 22, 2010

Kiddush on Friday night


The mitzvah of reciting Kiddush on Friday nights fulfills a biblical command: "Remember the day of Shabbat, to sanctify it." We sanctify Shabbat at its entrance with Kiddush, and at its exit with Havdalah.

One who is not hungry immediately at the start of Shabbat may recite maariv [the evening service] and then wait before eating; he has already sanctified the Shabbat at its start via prayer.

Of course, one whose family and guests are hungry should recite Kiddush and begin the meal immediately.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 271:1; Mishneh Berurah 271:1)

Have a great day,

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