A silver kiddush cup is a type of goblet that is used for the blessing over wine or grape juice for the Jewish Sabbath and Holidays. The cups can be crafted of any material but silver is preferred by many for aesthetic and kabalistic reasons. It is important to note that a kiddush cup cannot be made from disposable materials such as plastic. It must be in perfect condition to be used for this religious rite.
Kiddush cup are often engraved with various designs and motifs including Star of David, lions, vines and flowers. They can also have names engraved and words of blessing to God. They are very beautiful and make for great Judaica gifts for weddings and other special occasions.
The best silver kiddush cups are crafted by talented Israeli artists. They can be quite creative with their designs and use a variety of metals such as brass, copper or even stones. They are usually very colorful and have a modern look to them. Some have a more modest design as well.
It is also important to know that a kosher kiddush cup should be made of 925 sterling silver. They should also be coated on the inside with teflon or gold to prevent any metallic taste from affecting the flavor of the wine. This will keep the wine from becoming spoiled over time. The Jewish tradition dictates that one should not drink from the same silver kiddush cup more than once so if you have more than one it is recommended that you keep them separate.