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כּוֹס לְמִרְיָם | Items for the Second Seder Plate: Miriam’s Cup of Water

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To be inserted after Elijah’s Cup, while the door remains open

We read from the Talmud (Taanit 9a):

רַבִּי יוֹסִי בֶּן־רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר: ”שְׁלֹשָׁה פַּרְנַסִים טוֹבִים עָמְדוּ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל. אֵלּוּ הֵן: מֹשֶׁה, וְאַהֲרֹן, וּמִרְיָם. וְשָׁלוֹשׁ מַּתָּנוֹת טוֹבוֹת נִיתְּנוּ עַל יָדָם, וְאֵלּוּ הֵן: בְּאֵר, וְעָנָן, וּמָן. בּאֵר בִּזְכוּת מִרְיָם… מֵתָה מִריָם נִסְתַּלֵּק הַבּאֵר, שֶׁנֶאֶמַר וַתָּ֤מׇת שָׁם֙ מִרְיָ֔ם וּכְתִיב בַּתְרֵיהּ וְלֹא־הָ֥יָה מַ֖יִם לָעֵדָ֑ה.“
Rabbi Yosi son of Rabbi Yehuda says: “Three good sustainers arose for Israel. These are they: Moses and Aaron and Miriam. And three good gifts were given because of them, and these are they: well, and cloud, and manna. The well was given in merit of Miriam… Miriam died and the well ceased, as it is written (Numbers 20:1-2) “And Miriam died there,” and it says right afterwards “and there was no water for the community.”

We fill Miriam’s Cup with water, and recite together:

זֹאת כּוֹס מִרְיָם הַנְּבִיאָה.
זְכוּרָה לְטוֹבָה!
ZOT KOS MIRYAM HA-N’VIAH.
Z’KHURAH L-TOVAH!
 
This is the cup of Miriam the Prophet.
May she be remembered for goodness!

מִרְיָם הַנְּבִיאָה
אַז תָּשִׁיר כִּי גָאֹה גָּאָה
בִּזְכוּתָהּ שָׁאַבְנוּ מַיִם
מִמַּעַיְנֵי הַיְשׁוּעָה
כְּשֶׁהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הָהוּא
תְּחוֹלֵל עִמָּנוּ
וּתְבַשֵּׂר לָנוּ גְאֻלָּה
חֲדָשָׁה וּשְׁלֵמָה
Miryam ha-N’viah
Az tashir ki ga’oh ga’ah
Bi-zkhutah sha’avnu mayim
Mi-ma’aynei ha-y’shuah.
Kshe-hayah ba-yom ha-hu
T’ḥolel imanu
U-t’vaser lanu g’ulah
Ḥadashah u-sh’leimah
 
Miriam the Prophet
She who sang “Triumph, triumph!”
In her merit we drew water
From the wellsprings of salvation.
As it was, on that day,
She will dance with us
And bring us tidings of redemption,
New and complete.

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