The First Cup
Our first cup of wine (or grape juice) is for the physical spring that we see, hear, smell, touch. It is one of the many miracles we see every year. Green forces its way through the cracks of the hard earth. Birds begin to venture out and sing. The scent of flowers perfumes the air. Warmth begins to creep into our skin and make us feel alive again.
We raise our cups and recite:
Baruch atah adonai, elohaynu melech ha'olam, borei p'ri ha'gafen.