As our Seder draws to an end, we take up our cups of wine. The Redemption is not yet complete. The fourth cup recalls us to our covenant with the Eternal One, to the tasks that still await us as a people called to the service of God, to a great purpose for which the people of Israel lives: The preservation and affirmation of hope.
As it is written: “And I will take you to be my people.”
ברוך אתה, יי, אלהינו, מלח העולם, בורא פרי הגפן
Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech haolam, borei p’ri hagafen.
Blessed are You, Adonai, Sovereign of the universe, creator of the fruit of the vine.
Drink the fourth cup of wine
The Seder service now concludes:
Its rites observed in full,
Its purposes revealed.
This privilege we share will ever be renewed.
Until God’s plan is known in full,
His highest blessing sealed:
Peace for us! Peace for everyone!
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