The two items that we expect to see on a Shabbat or Chag table, that make it distinct from a regular dinner table, are Wine and Bread. The wine for Kiddush and the two loaves of bread that we bless are two items that symbolize our Shabbat meal.
Wine improves with age. It is considered to be better and of higher quality the older it is.
Bread is considered to be best and at its peak when fresh, when new.
I believe this Shabbat table model speaks to our relationship with Judaism.
The traditions go back thousands of years. When we connect to a Jewish custom, law, or concept, we are tapping into something long standing. We are connecting to something much more rooted and ancient than ourselves. The generations of precedent and practice are significant and strong. That is the wine. [Read more…]