Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kiddush with a full cup


We recite Kiddush with a full cup. “Full” is defined as whatever appears “full” to a human eye; the fact that the lip of the cup may be bent in a spot so that there is a tiny gap, or that there is a millimeter of air between the top and the liquid, is not relevant.

We require a full cup for all occasions when a cup is used to celebrate a Mitzvah, such as Kiddush, Havdalah, weddings and cirumcisions. One who does not have enough liquid to fill the cup, and who does not have another cup to use, may use a less-than-full cup so long as it contains at least a Reviit-measure (just under 4 ounces) of wine.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 271:10; Mishneh Berurah 271:42)

Have a great day,

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