Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Standing or Sitting for Kiddush


We stand when reciting Kiddush, at least for the first paragraph, because that paragraph serves as testimony to Gd's creation of the world and because the initials of the opening words spell out Gd's unpronounceable name, Yud-Hei-Vav and Hei (Yom Hashishi Vayechulu Hashamayim).

Some sit even for the first paragraph, because Kiddush is supposed to be established in the location of one's meal; in halachah, one establishes a location by sitting down.

Either custom is appropriate.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 271:10; Mishneh Berurah 271:45-46)

Have a great day,

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