Miriam, Moses’ sister, was a prophet in her own right. According to tradition, she predicted Moses’ birth and his role as redeemer of Israel: “a son you shall have my mother and he will deliver Israel.” Miriam led the women’s dance after the miraculous crossing of the Red sea. Thanks to Miriam’s righteousness a wondrous well of living water followed the people of Israel during their forty years of wandering in the desert.
Miriam represents life, renewal and female leadership. In recent years a new tradition evolved: adding Miriam Cup to the Seder table.
How to Create Your Own Miriam Cup
Creating your own Miriam Cup is a wonderful occasion of renewal and creativity.
What you need:
- Glass wine glasses
- Glass paint
- Paint brushes
- Good will and enthusiasm
While creating your own Miriam Cup tell the stories of Miriam, Yocheved, Pharaoh’s daughter, Shifra and Puah – the women that take part in the Israelites redemption from Egypt.
During the Seder Ritual
Pour fresh waters into Miriam’s Cup and say
זֹאת כּוֹס מִרְיָם, כּוֹס מַיִם חַיִּים, זֵכֶר לִיצִיאַת מִצְרָיִם
This is Miriam’s Cup, a cup of living water,
in memory of our redemption from Egypt
Since this is a new tradition there are several options for incorporating Miriam’s Cup in the Seder. Miriam’s Cup can be introduced either in the beginning of the Seder, or after counting the ten plagues, or at the end of the Seder parallel to Elijah’s Cup.