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Object of Desire: The Contemporary Kiddush Cup for the Passover Table

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Object of Desire: The Contemporary Kiddush Cup for the Passover Table

March 16, 2021

Why is this night different from all other nights? The Jewish holiday of Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery—and comes layered with added meaning this pandemic year. In time for Passover 2021 (which starts on Saturday, March 27, and ends on Sunday, April 4) a number of designers have come up with modern versions of the kiddush cup, the goblet used for the blessing that begins Jewish holiday meals and Shabbat dinners. These special glasses are often passed down for generations. Here are six modern heirlooms.

the via maris take is a borosilicate glass chalice with a textured stem and two 9
Above:The Via Maris take is a borosilicate glass chalice with a textured stem and two-toned rim (available in three colorways); $85 each. To see more, go to The Modern Menorah and Other Uncommonly Chic Judaica.
this wheel thrown terracotta goblet, \$69, is by miriam&#8\2\17;s kiln of  10
Above: This wheel-thrown Terracotta Goblet, $69, is by Miriam’s Kiln of LA via Etsy. Says Miriam: “The rims of my goblets are always rounded to keep from chipping, but thin enough to drink out of comfortably. I try to make the stem easy to hold and the base wide enough to be steady but elegant.”
a faceted ceramic kiddush cup with a wooden coaster is \$89 from armadillo juda 11
Above: A faceted Ceramic Kiddush Cup with a wooden coaster is $89 from Armadillo Judaica Lovers via Amazon.
new york&#8\2\17;s jewish museum shop offers italian glassmaker r+d lab& 12
Above: New York’s Jewish Museum Shop offers Italian glassmaker R+D Lab’s borosilicate glass Kiddush Cup in several colors, including Antwerp Blue; $94. N.B.: R+D Lab makes a range of glassware and textiles worth checking out,
brooklyn ceramic artist rachael pots has a line of made to order judaica. her h 13
Above: Brooklyn ceramic artist Rachael Pots has a line of made-to-order Judaica. Her handmade stoneware Kiddush Cups are also available from Food52 for $70.
judaica standard time’s stoneware kiddush cup, \$90, by la ceramic studio bz 14
Above: Judaica Standard Time’s stoneware Kiddush Cup, $90, by LA ceramic studio BZippy comes with a dish “in the event that your cup runneth over.”

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