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Why does my bottle of Kosher grape juice say that it's 'for sacramental purposes only'?

The reason is to exempt it from Value Added Tax. See the regulation at this www.gov.uk site. The important bit says: 4.7 Food and drink for religious and sacramental use The existence of ...
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Why is there no havdallah when going from Yom Tov into Shabbat?

The source is the last Mishna in the first chapter of Chullin. Rav Ovadiah of Bartenura explains that indeed we only have a Havdala ceremony when moving from a higher holiness to a lower holiness, and ...
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What did people say in Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos when it didn't fall out on the 6th of Sivan?

Two basic answers exist to this question: In reality, when the calendar was decided by testimony of the new moon, this phrase probably did not exist in the prayers. Maseches Sofrim 19:4 writes: ...
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Can Pesach Mitzvot be performed before sunset?

You cannot begin to recite Kiddush, drink 4 cups and eat matsa and maror before the night (exit of the stars, later than sunset). The time the Jews left Egypt was at night. And the korban Pesach and ...
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Why is "Vayechulu" said 3 times on Leil Shabbat?

This is a very old custom, which is cited in the Sefer Rokeach Hilkhot Shabat 49 by Eleazar of Worms.1 The meaning of the three is given by the Kaf haChayim in his commentary to Orach Chayim 268:34, ...
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What did people say in Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos when it didn't fall out on the 6th of Sivan?

Rav Yehoshua ibn Shu’ib, Rabbi Mordecai ben Abraham Benet, and the Mateh Moshe (Laws of Shavuot 690) explain that for this reason the more general word 'time' is used instead of the more precise 'day' ...
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Three faceted blessing after public kiddush on Friday night

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayyim 269 rules that if one recites kiddush in a synagogue without a meal following it (where such is the custom) the adult making kiddush should not drink the wine but instead ...
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What's the difference between "Hinchilanu" and "Hinchaltanu"?

הנחילנו is in the third person: He has given us as a heritage. הנחלתנו is in the second person: You have given us as a heritage.
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Bircas Hamazon exempts al hagefen

It's Shulchan Arukh OC 272:10 ברכת יין של קידוש פוטרת יין שבתוך הסעודה ואינו טעון ברכה לאחריו דברכת המזון פוטרתו בין שהוא על הכוס בין שאינו על הכוס.‏ The blessing on wine for Kiddush exempts ...
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Can kiddush be made in the shul?

The Beur Halacha says that beshaas hadechak, in pressing circumstances, when you make kiddush you can have in mind to eat in another room in the same building. He concludes that if you can see the ...
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Why does one need to give the kiddush wine to a minor when saying Kiddush in shul?

Mishnah Berurah 269:2 explains that since the chazzan does not fulfill his kiddush obligation (as he is not eating his meal in the synagogue) he can’t drink the wine, because it is forbidden to eat or ...
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Kiddush written on the sukkah

See Mishnah Brurah s.k. 4 that only uses that nullify its kedushah are prohibited. (In addition, I think that the rule of mitzvos lav lehanos nitnu - pleasure of a mitzvah is not considered pleasure -...
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Why do Yekkes follow Beis Shammai?

The Rosh says two answers: ור״י חילק משוס למזיגה היא בחמין צריך דקדוק גדול שלא יתסר ושלא יותיר ואיכא היסת הדעת טפי. ור"ת ירץ דהתם מיירי בחול ואם יתול ידיו תתלה לפעמים יתעסק בשאר צרכים ולא יאכל אלתר ...
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Can someone, who has not yet taken on Shabbos, recite the Friday night kiddush (before sunset) for someone else who has already taken on Shabbos?

With Hashem's help I just found that R' Akiva Eiger in his commentary on Shulchan Aruch (OC 267:1 - או"ח רסו ס"ק א) asks this exact question, and he remains in doubt. "מסתפקנא אם אחר שלא קבל עליו ...
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Origin of the minhag to hold the kiddush cup in one's palm

The commentators talk about a practice like the one described on Shulchan Aruch 183:4. Though the distance of the fingertips isn't mentioned explicitly, Mishna B'rura, Magen Avraham and others cite ...
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Why ask guest to make kiddush?

The reason many prefer to make their own Kiddush rather than be yotzei from the host is because of the dictum מצוה בו יותר מבשלוחו - it is preferable to perform a Mitzvah personally [based on ...
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Kiddush where no one person drinks a cheekful?

See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayyim 271:14 with Mishnah Berurah (especially paragraph 73) where it is explained that bedi’avad they fulfill their obligation of kiddush if they act in the way you have ...
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When to make kiddush at a Seder with no wine?

Shulchan Arukh OC 483 מי שאין לו יין בליל פסח מקדש על הפת שמברך המוציא ובוצע ומניח ידיו עליו עד שגומר הקידוש ומברך על אכילת מצה ואוכל ואחר כך אוכל שאר ירקות ומסלק השלחן ואומר מה נשתנה וכל ההגדה עד ...
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Is making קידוש Shabbos on schnapps לכתחילה?

Rav Ari Enkin writes While a superficial review of the laws of kiddush would lead one to conclude that one who recites kiddush upon whiskey and the like should be required to quickly drink a revi’it (...
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Do German Ashkenazim sit or stand during kiddush?

They sit during all kiddushim. Source: Personal experience from countless families, including Rav Shlomo Breslauer of Beis Tefilla, Monsey, NY. Beis Tefilla is the large Jeckische (German Ashkenazi) ...
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Why does my bottle of Kosher grape juice say that it's 'for sacramental purposes only'?

Sacrimental purposes exempts from tax in many places like New York see here: https://tax.ny.gov/pubs_and_bulls/tg_bulletins/abt/exempt_sales_and_uses.htm
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Holding ones cup while someone is reciting Kiddush for you

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 183:4) says that one should hold a cup of Blessing (e.g for Kiddush or Birkat Hamozon) in his right hand. כשמתחיל לברך נוטלו בימינו Tosfos in Pesachim 106a brings in ...
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Is there a Modern day example of someone Sacrificing their Life to Sanctify HaShem's name?

Yes. Yom HaZikaron is the national remembrance day observed in Israel for all Israeli military personnel who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel and ...
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What is the origin of the Yeke custom of washing hands before kiddush and is it done only by the person saying kiddush or everyone?

To answer the last question: When I was a bachur (single rabbinical student) in Monsey, NY, I frequently (every 5 weeks, to be Yekkishly exact) ate a meal by R' Shlomo Breslauer (who stems from ...
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What is the origin of the Yeke custom of washing hands before kiddush and is it done only by the person saying kiddush or everyone?

Leading the “wash before Kiddush” camp are Rabbeinu Tam and the Ri (Tosfot Pesachim 106b) (both of France), the Rosh (Pesachim chapter X siman 16) (German origin) and the Rema (OC 271, 12). Based on a ...
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Leaving wine bottle uncovered during kiddush

The SA as noted in 272:1 along with the MB SK3 states that one should not make kiddush on wine that has been left uncovered (at any time, not specifically during kiddush) even nowadays when there is ...
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Kiddush - סברי מרנן ורבנן ורבותי

The source of saying this סברי formula is the שבלי הלקט in סימן קמ, quoted in בית יוסף אורח חיים קסז ד''ה כתוב. His original formulation is 'סברו מורי'. He explains that when one person wanted to be ...
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Eating after Kiddush Friday Night without Motzi?

Although msh210's answer would appear to reflect the opinion of Mishnah Berurah which does not differentiate between kiddush at night or during the day, there are opinions that argue and would limit ...
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Are disposable cups allowed for Kiddush or Havdalah?

R. Moshe Feinstein writes the following responsum in Igrot Moshe (OH III:39): הנה בדבר כוס לקידוש אם רשאין לעשות על כוס שנעשה מנייר שהוא כלי רק לשעה ששמע אשר אסרתי, אמת הדבר דהא התוספות מפרשים ...
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Is there any reason to drink wine at kiddush if it is not from the cup used for the blessing?

I think @Scimonster is misunderstanding. Shulchan Aruk Ha Rav (SAHR) 190/5 says you have to drink from the cup of blessing: שולחן ערוך הרב אורח חיים סימן קצ סעיף ה ...אף על פי שמצוה מן המובחר שכל ...
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