Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Now it is time to hunt the rabbits. Many haggadot have pictures of rabbit hunts. That it because the German phrase jag den Häs sounds quite similar to YaKNeHaZ, meaning yayin, kiddush, ner, havdalah, zeman.
This is the order in which one recites the various brachot as part of the kiddush, depending on the particular situation. Only on Motza'ei Shabbat would one say all of these. On other nights, only yayin kiddush zeman applies.
Thus, on a regular night, then one only says yayin and kiddush:
If it is Friday night, then one begins with vayechulu, the standard introduction to Friday night kiddush.
And, if it is a Saturday night, then we get the full rabbit hunt. First, yayin and kiddush:
Then, ner and havdalah:
And finally, zeman: