HI,

If you are a guest at a shabbos table and you are given a cup of wine, are you required to drink it or can you pass it to the person next to you because of manners.

Thanks,
Alex

Answer:

Pass it to the person next to you.

If this is the correct thing to do because of manner and etiquette, this will not be considered a case of Ein Maavirin al Ha-Mitzvos. The “mitzvah cup” is not considered “intended for you” because of the etiquette principles, and therefore there’s no problem.

In addition, drinking the wine is not a full mitzvah, because this is not a full part of the Kiddush, so that there’s no problem in any case.

Best wishes.

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One Response to “Passing on the Cup at Kiddush”

  1. Rav Ephrayim Greenblatt (1:191:2) thought it was a problem but does quote a Heter that you mentioned. It would be ok when the Baal HaBayis intends you to pass it on

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