A Closer Look At Kiddush

The Deeper Meaning Of Shabbat Morning Kiddush

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman


The Kiddush we recite on the Saturday morning of Shabbat, what we recognize as Parshat Ti Kisa (Exodus 31:13–17), is seemingly boring and repetitive – but is this a clue to a hidden meaning?

Exodus 31 explains why we should observe Shabbat, about its holiness, and why we keep this eternal covenant between God and his people. But over and over again, from verses 13 to 17, we see the same commentary repeated. When we read it aloud, it almost sounds as if we are repeating ourselves. Why did God repeat His message? How does this influence what Kiddush should mean to us?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman takes a deeper inspection of the seemingly repetitious nature of Saturday Kiddush. By uncovering a chiastic structure in Exodus 31, he starts to connect the common themes. Watch this video to unlock a new meaning to the Shabbat morning Kiddush you thought you knew.

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