A silver kiddush cup is the perfect addition to any Jewish home. Used to hold wine or grape juice for the sanctification of Shabbat and the Jewish holidays these cups are available in many different styles and materials. The most popular are made from sterling silver. These are beautiful to look at and make a great gift for any occasion. They can be engraved with a family name words of blessing to God and other symbols including stars of David, lions, vines and flowers that represent the Jewish people in ancient times. Some are even designed with images of menorahs and shofars.
A Kiddush cup is usually held by the head of household or someone else who recites the Kiddush prayer over the wine. The cup is then poured into smaller glasses for everyone in the family to drink from. The cup can also be used for special occasions such as weddings, Shabbat, and Passover.
While there is no requirement that a Kiddush cup be made of silver, it is preferred because it has a greater aesthetic value. Silver is also antibacterial and antifungal, making it a good choice for a Kiddush cup. Silver is also easy to keep clean and does not tarnish as easily as some other metals such as gold or copper.
While it is not a requirement that you use a Kiddush cup when reciting the prayer, it is customary for every Jewish family to have one. If you do not have a silver cup, it is fine to say the Kiddush over any beverage such as water or grape juice as long as it is kosher.