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HaGafen - the Blessing over Wine

Berakhah HaGafen

Traditional Blessing over Wine / Grape juice

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. - Psalm 23:5

The Traditional Blessing

WINE REPRESENTS JOY and the full cup marks our appreciation of the bounty we enjoy. There are many ceremonies that include the use of wine. In each case, the core blessing recited is as follows:

Translation:

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Kiddush Cup

Kiddush Cups
In a Jewish home Kiddush is recited at the beginning of each Shabbat and Holiday meal. Kiddush cups, available in practically any material, make wonderful housewarming gifts. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is also an excellent time to give a commerative Kiddush cup. Many Kiddush cups include the last three words of this blessing written on them, as in the example shown above.

Transliterated:

Fruit of the Vine

Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam,
borei peri ha'gafen.

Hebrew Blessing Study Card:

Blessing over the Wine (traditional)

The Messianic Blessing for Wine

Though followers of Yeshua can regard the traditional blessing as prophetic of the resurrection of the Messiah as our first fruits, we must remember that he told his disciples: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.... I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:1,5).

In light of this great metaphor Yeshua used to describe our relationship with him, perhaps a better blessing is to praise Yeshua as our "true vine."

Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam,
borei peri ha'gafen ha'amittit – Yeshua ha'mashiach.

Hebrew Blessing Study Card:

Blessing over the Wine (Messianic)

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