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Blessing Over the Wine

October 25, 2011

In its shortest form, the blessing said over wine (or grape juice) is one sentence. Wine is used to mark, sanctify, holy time in Judaism. As such, this blessing is said at the start of Shabbat and at its end (Havdalah), as well as on many holidays.

This video brings together the Hebrew, translation and pronunciation of the prayer:

Follow along with your own copy of this resource, available as a PDF.



Hebrew for "separation" or "distinction," the ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath on Saturday evenings. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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