Over the course of this evening, we will drink (at least) four glasses of wine--or grape juice, as the case may be. This is meant to serve as a symbol for our joy. 

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, borei p’ree hagafen.

We praise You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. 

We praise You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has made all the peoples of the world from one earth, who has exalted Mankind by breathing the life of the mind and the love of freedom into him, who sanctified us so that we might know and say what was holy and profane, what was freedom and what slavery.

We praise You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who makes a distinction between holy and holy: between the holiness of this festival and other festivals; between the holiness of light and the holiness of darkness; between the holiness of the Jewish people and the holiness of other peoples. We praise You, Adonai our God, who has made all peoples holy and has commanded us, even against our will, to become a beacon for justice and freedom for them all.


haggadah Section: Kadesh