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Is there any reason behind whether people use a stemmed kiddush cup or not? Does it have to do with minhag? Kabbalah?

I would have thought that some people who have a minhag to put their palm under the cup would used a cup without a stem, but I've seen people do this with a stemmed cup, which seems unsteady.

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ive never heard of anyone using a stemmed kiddush cup –  Артём Царионов Jul 6 '11 at 23:07
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for example haGaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita : theyeshivaworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/cbe.jpg –  Frank Jul 7 '11 at 8:53
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I was told by a prominent North American posek that stemmed cups are an American trend that was all but unheard of in Europe of old, especially considering the preferable orientation of one's palm under the cup for mystical reasons.

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Do you have a source for said orientation's mystical reasons? –  Seth J Jan 17 '12 at 20:47
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Aside from a lack of source, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov used a stemmed cup. As a matter of opinion, I find a stemmed cup to be very uncomfortable to hold in any position. –  user1292 Mar 12 '12 at 15:55
    
There is also the “Rizhiner becher”, with leaf-shaped attachments to the stem so it can be held in the kabbalistically-preferred manner; see this picture. –  J. C. Salomon Mar 28 '13 at 3:40
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe's (as well as his father's) cup didn't have a stem.

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Do you have a source for this? –  Adam Mosheh May 16 '12 at 5:32
    
There are pictures of both. –  Shmuel Brin May 16 '12 at 6:08
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I'm pretty sure that it's all about some people who are very stringent to have there hand over the entire bottom of the cup and if you are holding a cup with a stem, the place where your fingers part for the stem of the cup isn't being held. Therefor you would either have to use a cup with out a stem or hold a stemmed cup from the bottom which can be pretty hard.

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