Wine is a drink of luxury, and drinking it is an example of our freedom. We drink 4 glasses tonight, each symbolizing a promise God gave the Israelites in Exodus 6:6-8:

1. I will bring you out from the yoke of the Egyptians. (The cup of Sanctification)

2. I will rescue you, and set you free from slavery to them. (The cup of Deliverance)

3. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgement. (The cup of Redemption)

4. I will take you as my own people and bring you to the land I promised your fathers. (The cup of Restoration)

Kadesh means to sanctify. We set apart tonight and re-tell the story of the faithfulness of God in fulfilling all of these promises. We revel in this freedom by reclining and enjoying the first cup of the evening.

haggadah Section: Kadesh