Saturday, October 13, 2012

Why stand for Kiddush?


We stand when reciting kiddush on Friday night, 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 unpronounced Name, Yud-Hei-Vav and Hei (Yom Hashishi Vayechulu Hashamayim).

Some sit even for the first paragraph. Kiddush is supposed to be established in the location of one's meal, and one establishes a location by sitting down. Either custom is appropriate.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 271:10; Mishneh Berurah 271:45-46)

Have a great day,

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